In his latest exploration of the Egyptian malaise, Galal Amin first looks at the events of the months preceding the Revolution of 25 January 2011, pointing out the most important factors behind popular discontent. He then follows the ups and downs (mainly the downs) of the Revolution: the causes of rising hopes and expectations, mingled with successive disappointments, sometimes verging on despair, not least in the case of the presidential elections, when the Egyptian people were invited to choose between a rock and a hard place. This is followed by an outline of a possible brighter future for Egypt, based on a more balanced and faster growing economy, and a more democratic and equitable society, within a truly independent, modern, and secular state. The story of what happened to the 2011 Revolution may be a sad one, but if viewed within the larger context of Egypt’s economic and social developments of the last century, on which the author’s previous books threw very useful light, it can be regarded as one important step forward toward a much better future.
Whatever Happened to the Egyptian Revolution?
15 June 2013
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GALAL AMIN is emeritus professor of economics at the American University in Cairo. He is the author of 'Egypt in the Era of Hosni Mubarak' (AUC Press, 2012), 'Whatever Happened to the Egyptians?' (AUC Press, 2000), 'Whatever Else Happened to the Egyptians?' (AUC Press, 2004), and 'The Illusion of Progress in the Arab World' (AUC Press, 2006). In 2010, he received the Sultan Bin Al Owais Cultural Foundation Award in recognition of his contributions to economics, politics, community and culture.
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