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Autocracy and Chaos in Egypt

Ahmed Abd El-Fatah
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A 2011 demonstration in Tahrir Square, Egypt during the Arab Spring.

The Arab Spring of 2011 in Egypt sent chilling images around the world. The people overthrew their autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak. What resulted was chaos for the north African country. 

Two years later Egypt returned to authoritarian rule with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has taken more severe measures against dissent than his predecessor. 

New York Times Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick details these events in his book, “Into the Hands of the Soldiers.” The book is a journalist-eye view of the conflict, examining where rebels and pro-government forces went wrong. 

Today on All Sides, we discuss how Egypt’s history of autocracy and rebellion plays out in modern-day Middle East politics. 


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