Maged Mandour

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.

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  • The Sinister Side of Sisi’s Urban Development

    The Sinister Side of Sisi’s Urban Development

    Years in the making, Sisi’s elite New Administrative Capital will isolate most Egyptians from their centers of government in an effort to fortify the regime against any social pressures.

  • Playing Politics with Poverty: Sisi’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

    Playing Politics with Poverty: Sisi’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

    As the globe races to inoculate against COVID-19, in Egypt President Sisi’s regime plans to profit from the essential shot.

  • Sisi’s Relentless Repression
    • January 25, 2021

    Sisi’s Relentless Repression

    Ill-suited to cope with any social unrest, the Sisi-regime utilizes mass repression to prevent change.

  • Dollars to Despots: Sisi’s International Patrons

    Dollars to Despots: Sisi’s International Patrons

    The Egyptian regime’s economic strategy guarantees that any emerging demands for democratization will clash with international interests.

  • Sisi’s War on the Poor

    Sisi’s War on the Poor

    The Egyptian government’s fiscal and economic policies are accelerating the transfer of wealth from lower and middle classes to itself and business elites, with likely devastating consequences.

  • Repression and Coronavirus Response in Egypt

    Repression and Coronavirus Response in Egypt

    In the response to the pandemic, Sisi’s security dominated government has focused on spreading misinformation, propaganda, and repression rather than addressing the health crisis.

  • Egypt’s Fragile Pandemic Measures

    Egypt’s Fragile Pandemic Measures

    Structural shortcomings in Egypt’s health care system, labor market, and economic and social policies curtail the government’s efforts to address a viral outbreak.

  • Egypt Behind Bars

    Egypt Behind Bars

    Egypt's penal system, defined by severe punishment and pre-trial abuses, impacts the state’s legitimacy, the rise of radicalization, and prospects for a transition.

  • Sisi’s Vanity Projects

    Sisi’s Vanity Projects

    Sisi prioritizes large-scale infrastructure projects to galvanize support, but these projects deepen the military’s hold over the economy and provide no tangible broad economic benefit.

  • Egypt’s Invisible Executions

    Egypt’s Invisible Executions

    Backlash against capital punishment in Egypt has reduced the number of executions but led security forces to increase their use of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances.

Sada is an online journal rooted in Carnegie’s Middle East Program that seeks to foster and enrich debate about key political, economic, and social issues in the Arab world and provides a venue for new and established voices to deliver reflective analysis on these issues.

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