Egypt
Egypt

Egypt is one of the few great empires of antiquity that exists today as a nation state. Despite its extraordinary record of national endurance, the pressures to which Egypt currently is subjected and which are bound to intensify are already straining the ties that hold its political community together, while rendering ever more difficult the task of governing it.

In this timely book, leading expert on Egyptian affairs Robert Springborg explains how a country with such a long and impressive history has now arrived at this parlous condition. As Egyptians become steadily more divided by class, religion, region, ethnicity, gender and contrasting views of how, by whom and for what purposes they should be governed, so their rulers become ever more fearful, repressive and unrepresentative. Caught in a downward spiral in which poor governance is both cause and consequence, Egypt is facing a future so uncertain that it could end up resembling neighboring countries that have collapsed under similar loads. The Egyptian “hot spot”, Springborg argues, is destined to become steadily hotter, with ominous implications for its peoples, the Middle East and North Africa, and the wider world.

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  • October 2017
  • 272 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER ONE: ERODING HISTORICAL LEGACIES

CHAPTER TWO: THE DEEP STATE PRESIDES: MILITARY, PRESIDENCY, AND INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

CHAPTER THREE: UNDER THE THUMB--BUREAUCRATS, JUDGES AND PARLIAMENTARIANS

CHAPTER FOUR: POLITICAL AND CIVIL SOCIETY--LITTLE ROOM TO BREATHE

CHAPTER FIVE: REAPING WHAT IS SOWN

CHAPTER SIX: THE ROCKY ROAD AHEAD

About the Author
Robert Springborg is Professor (ret) of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School and Non-resident Research Fellow, Italian Institute of International Affairs
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Reviews

"'Egypt, Robert Springborg's latest release, is a fascinating exploration of the deep state that established the republic, and that continues to rule the country with an iron fist."
The New Arab

“This is a superbly clear and thoughtful reflection on Egypt’s current predicaments, with lessons applicable to many of the failing regimes of the region. The most comprehensive account yet published. Highly readable, and packed with fresh insights.” Hazem Kandil, University of Cambridge

"In Egypt, Robert Springborg has produced a sober and devastating overview of the issues that face the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Unlike many other commentators who focus too narrowly on today’s political actors, Springborg explores the historical, demographic, and economic forces that have created the current situation.  Anybody who hopes to understand where the Egyptian state has come from, and where it is likely to go, should read this book." Peter Hessler, staff writer at the New Yorker

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