Egypt’s massive military purchases to build its air power may be aimed at repressing an anticipated urban uprising that resembles Syria’s.
Economic reforms and the recent IMF loan to Egypt have renewed investor confidence, but further structural reforms risk upsetting social stability.
Hisham Geneina’s trial is a tool to deter sharing information about corruption within state institutions.
As the military expands its economic activities, more public property and institutions fall under the potential jurisdiction of military courts.
Egypt’s government is trying to bring independent labor organizations under the state syndicate’s control, threatening one of the few remaining independent civil society actors.
Grand projects, though moving quickly, are doing nothing to address the underlying structural problems plaguing Egypt’s economy.
The only formal political opposition groups left in Egypt are continuing to play the regime’s game and, predictably, losing.
The relationship between the Egyptian regime and media is becoming more volatile, revealing new divides within the establishment.
Cheap oil is hurting Egypt’s economy in the short term and could have wider political consequences.
Divisions within the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt deepen, creating greater confusion about the state of its affairs and threatening the group’s survival.
Despite unprecedented repression and media censorship, Sisi has faced on average five times as many protests as Mubarak did between 2008 and 2010.
Smaller secular parties are missing out on the advantages of electoral alliances, driven by divisions over party domineering and finances.
Parliamentary elections are expected before the end of 2015, but recent legal amendments risk future dissolution of the parliament.
Egypt under President Sisi is more autocratic and repressive than at any other point in the country’s history.
Egypt’s electoral system, which favors individual candidates and parties designed to increase Sisi's populist appeal, will sideline pro-democracy parties.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s current leadership is neither able nor willing to find political alternatives to what the young propose: “smart violence.”
Despite new amendments, Egypt’s revised electoral law falls short of introducing reforms to ensure a fair voter representation and a more pluralistic and accountable political system.
Driven by its distrust of organized political groups, Sisi's regime has gone to considerable lengths to depoliticize the parliament and the country's new “political” elite.
Pope Tawadros II, the main political voice of the Coptic community, has seemingly allied with President Sisi, but this comes at the expense of defending Coptic rights.
Youth members are now assuming a more active role in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, pushing the group to escalate its call for revolutionary action against President Sisi.