Around the world, newly assertive illiberal regimes are becoming increasingly adept at restricting civil society through legal constraints, forcing civil society groups to rethink the way they operate.
The closing of civic space has become a defining feature of political life in an ever-increasing number of countries.
In an interview, Egyptian journalist Mohannad Sabry discusses Egypt’s failing military campaign in the Sinai.
In an interview, Carnegie’s Amr Hamzawy discusses repression in Egypt and several of his papers addressing the issue.
The official Muslim religious establishments in Arab countries give governments a major role in religious life, but these institutions are rarely mere regime mouthpieces and can be difficult to steer in a particular direction.
Egypt’s reinstated state of emergency is ineffective in fighting terrorism and gives security forces yet another excuse to tighten crack down on the opposition.
Egypt’s president may be all-powerful, but he still has to contend with an unruly state.
After Turkey’s constitutional referendum, it is increasingly apparent that its government is exhibiting similar authoritarian tendencies to Egypt since 2013.
With a new U.S. administration in office that is reexamining foreign assistance priorities overall, there is an opportunity to take assistance to Egypt off auto-pilot and design an approach that better serves the interests of the United States and of Egypt—the nation broadly, not only the military
Although the new state of emergency affords Egypt’s rulers broader powers, the measure is not primarily about law, but about communicating to Egyptian society—especially its sprawling state apparatus—to get on board with the new regime.