published in The World Today
The 2011 protests in Tahrir Square sought to end "Egypt's 60-year-old authoritarian regime with democracy." But Fishers argues that Egyption institutions were not prepared for a democratic revolution, as they had been hollowed out from a dictatorial "patronage system" that led to state dysfunction. The 2014 General Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi regime's "enlightened despotism" is what Egyptians have seemed to have settled on for the near future.
151 days ago