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In Cairo

Hazem Kandil, 18 July 2013

... This piece was first published, with a different heading, on the LRB blog. You can read it here ...

Deadlock in Cairo

Hazem Kandil, 21 March 2013

... have been heard from Hazemun, the menacing puritan followers of the lawyer turned preacher Hazem Abu Ismail. Eager to avoid discord within the Islamist camp, Morsi didn’t offer anything tangible to the revolutionaries during the dozen or so rounds of ‘national dialogue’ held in the presidential palace between December and February. Nor did ...

Sisi’s Turn

Hazem Kandil: What does Sisi want?, 20 February 2014

... There​ is no getting around it. What Egypt has become three years after its once inspiring revolt is a police state more vigorous than anything we have seen since Nasser. As in the dark years of the 1960s, the enemy is everywhere, and any effort to expose and eradicate him is given popular assent. Since Egypt’s national security, its very existence as a sovereign state, is said to be at stake, those who refuse to toe the line must be ostracised, and those who persist punished as traitors ...

The Revolution That Wasn’t

Hugh Roberts, 12 September 2013

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life 
by Roger Owen.
Harvard, 248 pp., £18.95, May 2012, 978 0 674 06583 3
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Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt and Syria 
by Joshua Stacher.
Stanford, 221 pp., £22.50, April 2012, 978 0 8047 8063 6
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Raging against the Machine: Political Opposition under Authoritarianism in Egypt 
by Holger Albrecht.
Syracuse, 248 pp., £25, October 2012, 978 0 8156 3320 4
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Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen: Egypt’s Road to Revolt 
by Hazem Kandil.
Verso, 303 pp., £16.99, November 2012, 978 1 84467 961 4
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... Egyptian model early on in one important respect that we can only now fully appreciate, thanks to Hazem Kandil’s important book. Kandil effectively rewrites the inner history of the Free Officers’ state and his book deserves to spark sustained debate. It provides an exceptionally detailed account of the endless ...

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