The Risk in Egypt’s Economic Reform

Repeating Mubarak's mistakes?

The narrative dominating Egypt in Washington revolves largely around either human rights or security. Those who criticize President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cite his crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, diminishing press freedom, and a general intolerance toward civil society and especially international and non-governmental organizations. Those who praise him cite his no-nonsense approach toward political Islamism and Islamist terror groups. The former group can too often suffer Sisi derangement syndrome, unable to recognize any good in a man whose path to power they disparage. The latter group can be too apologetic and paper over criticism of a crackdown on media and civil society that at times goes too far.

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