Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
A seminar with Yasser El-Shimy, MEI Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Boston University. Part of the Middle East Initiative Research Fellow Seminar Series.
Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Why did Egypt's political transition (2011-2013) flounder? This talk argues that the nature of the Egyptian military makes it especially willing (and able) to intervene in political matters. In times of transition, democratic consolidation often rests on whether or not a military is praetorian (having the ability to dominate the political system at will), and thus predisposed to enter politics.
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