The Mubarak Leadership And Future Of Democracy In Egypt by A. ArafatThe Mubarak Leadership And Future Of Democracy In Egypt by A. Arafat

The Mubarak Leadership And Future Of Democracy In Egypt

byA. Arafat, Dr. Alaa Al-Din Arafat

Hardcover | June 16, 2009

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Some things seem to go on so long that we take them for granted. Egypt’s Mubarak regime has that timeless quality, but in truth it nears the end. Presidential elections are scheduled for 2011, if not sooner, and the aged Mubarak will likely step aside. His son Gamal waits in the wings, seemingly alone. But the regime comes under many pressures, both foreign and domestic, to bring democratic reforms and free and fair elections to Egypt. A hereditary succession would be highly suspect, and in all probability destabilizing and illegitimate. Furthermore, as a key Middle East power and crucial US ally, Egypt’s transfer of power has profound implications for the region and must be managed with the utmost care. Meanwhile, the threat of an Islamist regime lurks in the background, as the Muslim Brotherhood has achieved a grudging parity with the weakening Mubarak regime since 2005. The push for democratic reform is thus tempered by the perceived need for stability. Meanwhile, the Egyptian people long for democracy, and the thought of a Gamal Mubarak regime stretching across two more decades is crushing to contemplate.

Alaa Al-Din Arafat is a senior researcher at CEDEJ and was formerly an associate researcher at London University, SOAS.
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Title:The Mubarak Leadership And Future Of Democracy In EgyptFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:June 16, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230615589

ISBN - 13:9780230615588

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Table of Contents

Preface * Introduction: Chronic Survival * It Just Looks Like a Party * Addicted to Hegemony * The Tug of War * The Business of Politics * Power Tools * Keeping Reform at Bay * The Illusion of Reform * The Tipping Starts * Scaling the Eight Walls * On the Bright Side * Is Islam the Solution? * Epilogue: Succession or Success?

           

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“With his very comprehensive work Arafat manages to give detailed analysis of contemporary Egyptian politics. Although his approach is not so optimistic about the future of Egypt, many of the facts touched in his book help us to understand the current discussions in Egypt. The comprehensive information given about the 2000s makes this an indispensable volume for researchers of Egyptian politics.”—The Journal of Turkish Weekly