Egypt

Contingency Planning Memorandum

Political Instability in Egypt

Author: Steven A. Cook

Egypt is now entering a period of political transition with the expectation that President Hosni Mubarak's almost twenty-eight-year tenure will shortly come to an end. This Center for Preventive Action Contingency Planning Memorandum assesses the possibility of a troubled leadership succession or an Islamist push for political power, the implications for the United States, and policy steps the U.S. government might take depending on what it determines as its broader policy objectives in Egypt.

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What to Do About Egypt

Please join our panelists as they discuss the situation in Egypt, the impact on U.S. interests, and recommendations for U.S. policy.

This is the first in the "What to Do About…" series. Each will highlight a specific issue and feature experts who will put forward competing analyses and policy prescriptions in a mock high-level U.S. government meeting.

Related Readings:
Reforming the Muslim Brotherhood, Expert Brief, by Ed Husain, October 31, 2013

Issue Guide: Egypt's Escalating Crisis, by Zachary Laub, August 27, 2013

CFR blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates, by Steven A. Cook

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Egypt's Elections: A Report from Cairo

Egyptians headed to the polls Monday in the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak amid deepening divisions in society and concern about the nation's direction. Join CFR senior fellow Ed Husain, who is currently in Cairo, for an analysis of the elections and the path ahead.

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Islamists, Secularists, and the Future of Egypt

Two years after Egyptian uprisings toppled the Mubarak regime, instability grips the country and ideological tensions among secular and Islamist factions have continued to dominate Egyptian politics. New political parties and coalitions are emerging, but the Muslim Brotherhood has maintained widespread influence. Please join us for a discussion of the political challenges facing Egypt and the outlook for the Muslim Brotherhood with Dr. AbdulMawgoud Dardery, spokesperson of the foreign relations committee of the Freedom and Justice Party and a former member of Egypt's post-revolution parliament.

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