Tag Archives: Muslim Brotherhood

The Egyptian Constitution: Looking Beyond Seasonal Forecasts

Commentary by Emilie Sickinghe – 5 February 2013

An Egyptian man casts his vote during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution at a polling station on December 15, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Source: edition.cnn.com

An Egyptian man casts his vote during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution at a polling station on December 15, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Source: edition.cnn.com

Back in January 2011, the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions focussed the world’s attention on the Arab world once again: was an unexpected democratic Spring finally dawning on the region? Two years later, euphoria has given way to anxiety and the world seems to be experiencing Arab Spring fatigue. Syria is embroiled in a brutal civil conflict; as was Libya; Yemen is in the middle of a precarious transition; no fundamental changes have occurred in most other Arab countries (yes, back to business for the rulers left standing); and on top of all that comes… Egypt. Many hopes had been raised for the first Arab Spring country to produce a new constitution. By the end of 2012, all eyes were on Egypt again. The media storm blazed at full strength. President Morsy even landed in the top-ten person-of-the-year list of TIME Magazine. But the keyword was not “Spring” anymore. After Morsi’s autocratic manoeuvres, the newly adopted constitution bitterly disappointed those striving for a genuine democratic state. Continue reading

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Arab Spring, Egypt, English

(Post)-Revolutionary Politics in Egypt: an Interview with Amr Hamzawy

Interview – 18 November 2012

Amr Hamzawy
source: algareda.com

Dr. Amr Hamzawy, former MP for Heliopolis, founder and president of the Egypt Freedom Party, is professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, and author of several books, including “Between Religion and Politics” (co-authored with Nathan Brown, 2010) and “Civil Society in the Middle East” (2003). He tweets @HamzawyAmr. Augustin Sabran spoke with him for ArabsThink. Augustin wrote an earlier article on constitutional politics in Egypt. Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Arab Spring, Egypt, English, Interview