This week Egyptians vote for a new president. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, former army commander-in-chief, is the favourite, but whether he can bring peace to the country is questionable.
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No country in the Islamic world has experienced such a rollercoaster ride as a result of the Arab Spring as Egypt. Whether these upheavals will have a lasting impact on the country remains unclear. The democratic achievements have most recently been called into question through the military overthrow of the president and member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Mursi, in July 2013. At the same time, doubts about the actual potential of political Islam have increased as a result of Mursi’s time in power. Overarching all of this is the question of what role Egypt is playing in the re-creation of the regional order.
The presidential elections in Egypt on 26 and 27 May mark a further transformation in the recent history of the Arab Spring. The GIGA has been following the process in its research. It has, for example, compiled all of its information and analysis about political Islam in an online dossier.
The GIGA also organizes a discussion on 12 June at its Berlin office about the future course of the Egyptian election victor. At the GIGA Talk, experts will discuss Egypt’s domestic, foreign and economic policies. They will also touch on the possible impacts of the election on German and European foreign policy.
Comparative Area Studies (CAS), the GIGA’s flagship methodological approach, keeps going strong: APSA newsletter devotes symposium to CAS and a new edited volume is under preparation.
Review of a successful year 2019
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