Authoritarianism Redux: Nine Years after Egypt’s 2011 Revolution

While the protests eventually jettisoned Hosni Mubarak, a longstanding autocratic leader, and presented a real opportunity for democratization, the dreams for a free country were cut short by Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who grabbed power in 2013 after a coup d’état. Since then, the situation in Egypt is deteriorating fast politically, economically, socially, and in terms of human rights.

This policy outlook examines the state of affairs in Egypt nine years after the revolution, which started on January 25, 2011. While the protests eventually jettisoned Hosni Mubarak, a longstanding autocratic leader, and presented a real opportunity for democratization, the dreams for a free country were cut short by Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who grabbed power in 2013 after a coup d’état. Since then, the situation in Egypt is deteriorating fast politically, economically, socially, and in terms of human rights. Therefore, this policy outlook explores several aspects of governance in Egypt: the economy, the social situation, the rule of law, and rights and freedoms, which represent essential pieces of the puzzle in understanding where the country may be heading.

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