Beyond the Presidential Elections: Addressing Egypt’s Long-Term Challenges
Mohannad Sabry, Independent Journalist; Author, Sinai: Egypt's Linchpin, Gaza's Lifeline, Israel's Nightmare
David Butter, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
President Sisi’s stern warning to anyone looking to challenge his rule on 31 January during the inauguration of Egypt’s Zohr gas field made clear that he will neither brook genuine opposition candidates in the upcoming presidential elections in March nor tolerate an election boycott which many opposition leaders are calling for. Although Sisi’s re-election is certain, the arrest of presidential candidates, former Chief of Staff Sami Anan and former Air Marshal Ahmed Shafiq has not only sparked widespread discontent amongst politicians and activists, but also highlights a discernible shift in the balance of power amongst the country’s security services.
Speakers at this roundtable will assess the growing domestic and international challenges that Sisi faces in 2018. The discussion will cover nascent signs of discontent within branches of security services, concerns amongst the international community with Egypt’s human rights record and the growing social dissatisfaction with economic reforms. The speakers will also examine the increasing levels of risk posed by ISIS in the Sinai Peninsula and non-ISIS groups operating in the western desert.
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To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.