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.
Egypt’s efforts at subsidy reform provide suggestions for Tunisia and Sudan, both witnessing protests stemming in part from increased prices of staple goods.
The Egyptian military is exploiting legal loopholes and bureaucratic mechanisms to control which military personnel can exercise their constitutional right to political participation.
Egypt’s religious institutions are competing for authority and trying to secure their positions in the religious public space.
Egypt’s foreign reserves have begun to recover, but weak foreign direct investment and accumulating debt could hinder reforms down the line.
Sisi is targeting spaces such as youth sports clubs and even universities to further stifle political expression and discourse among youth.
The Egyptian regime’s attempt to expand the presidential term to six years is another move to consolidate the power of the presidency.
The increasing rate of executions after unfair trials is eroding trust in Egypt’s justice system.
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 military is using food charity during Ramadan to prevent social unrest, though it may not be able to afford this tactic in the long term.
Instead of addressing glaring security deficits, Sisi has focused on escalating the government crackdown on what remains of Egypt’s opposition.
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 increasingly heavy-handed tactics in Sinai have led to a dramatic rise in civilian casualties that is turning more residents against the military.
Since President Sisi has taken office, an unprecedented government crackdown has rendered large parts of the country without any independent human rights groups.
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.