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"Breakdown: The Military and Egypt's Failed Transition" with Yasser El-Shimy

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi yell chants at Egyptian Soldiers during a protest march in the Giza district on August 12, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
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"Breakdown: The Military and Egypt's Failed Transition" with Yasser El-Shimy

Seminar
Series: Middle East Initiative Research Fellows Seminar Series
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
May 1, 2015
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Related Project: Middle East Initiative

Description:

A seminar with Yasser El-Shimy, MEI Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Boston University. Part of the Middle East Initiative Research Fellow Seminar Series.

Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Why did Egypt's political transition (2011-2013) flounder? This talk argues that the nature of the Egyptian military makes it especially willing (and able) to intervene in political matters. In times of transition, democratic consolidation often rests on whether or not a military is praetorian (having the ability to dominate the political system at will), and thus predisposed to enter politics.

For more about Yasser El-Shimy, click here.

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