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Commanding Democracy in Egypt

The Military's Attempt to Manage the Future

Authors: Jeffrey Martini, and Julie Taylor
September/October 2011
Foreign Affairs


Despite its vows to speed Egypt toward elections, the country's military leadership is actually ambivalent about democracy. Above all, Egypt's generals want to preserve stability and protect their privileges. But having unleashed democracy, the military may not be able to control it -- especially if Washington keeps up the pressure to move forward.

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