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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Egypt Update

Speaker: Steven A. Cook
Moderator: Maria Casa

Steven A. Cook leads a conversation on the current situation in Egypt, including Sisi's influence and the sweeping convictions handed down to Muslim Brotherhood sympathizers, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

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Islamists, Secularists, and the Future of Egypt

Speaker: AbdulMawgoud Dardery
Presider: Ed Husain

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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Egypt's Elections: A Report from Cairo

Speaker: Ed Husain
Presider: Toni Johnson

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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What to Do About Egypt

Speaker: Thomas Carothers
Speaker: Daniel C. Kurtzer
Speaker: Shibley Telhami
Presider: Richard N. Haass

With the Muslim Brotherhood sidelined for the time being and the military once again firmly in charge, the Egyptian political landscape has settled into a three-way stalemate between the Islamists, secular liberals, and old-guard elites.

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