This article discusses the role of the United States of America in the failure of the democratic revolution in Egypt during the Arab Spring. While appreciating the role of internal actors and the domestic dynamics, it demonstrates that regime change in Egypt was largely a consequence and a reflection of the US’s interests in Egypt and the region in general. It argues that the seemingly successful removal of the Hosni Mubarak regime by popular uprisings and the rise of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood signalled the success of democracy. However, Morsi’s controversial overthrow and imprisonment, notwithstanding his weaknesses, led to the backfiring of the regime-change strategy. The subsequent rise to power of a former military man, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and his administration has, thus far, demonstrated a contradiction to all the promises of the Egyptian revolution. It concludes that the drivers of regime change should re-examine the merits of their strategy in an effort to establish lasting peace in the country.
Research Article| January 01 2017
Regime-change agenda: the Egyptian experience from 2011 to 2015
aConflict, Peace Building, Human and State Security and Strategic Studies, International Centre of Nonviolence and Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa
bHistory Department, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Contemporary Arab Affairs (2017) 10 (1): 32–50.
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Mediel Hove, Enock Ndawana; Regime-change agenda: the Egyptian experience from 2011 to 2015. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 January 2017; 10 (1): 32–50. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550912.2017.1279386
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