Maged Mandour is a political analyst who writes openDemocracy’s “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” column.
Maged Mandour is a political analyst who writes openDemocracy’s “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” column, which covers the affairs of the Arab world with a special focus on social change in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. He research interests include political violence, state repression, class formation, and capitalist development in the Arab world, as well as the international relations of the Middle East, with a special focus on Egypt. He has also made a number of media appearances as a commentator on Egyptian affairs. He has an M.A. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where his thesis explored Egyptian policy toward Hamas using Gramsci’s theory of hegemony.
The launch of a large-scale military operation across Egypt is well-timed to give President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi a boost in popular support ahead of elections in March.
The Egyptian regime’s attempt to expand the presidential term to six years is another move to consolidate the power of the presidency.
The legal battle over Tiran and Sanafir has exposed opposition from among Egypt’s elites even though the parliament’s and judiciary’s approval of the transfers represents a victory for the regime.
Egypt’s increasingly heavy-handed tactics in Sinai have led to a dramatic rise in civilian casualties that is turning more residents against the military.
Egypt’s massive military purchases to build its air power may be aimed at repressing an anticipated urban uprising that resembles Syria’s.
As relations sour with Saudi Arabia, Egypt is looking to Russia to fill the financial void.
Amid the violence of the fight for Aleppo, local residents have come up with makeshift methods of survival and resistance.
Egypt under President Sisi is more autocratic and repressive than at any other point in the country’s history.