Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen by Hazem Kandil
Egypt's Road to Revolt

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Revolutions are difficult to understand, let alone predict. Egypt’s revolt last year was no exception. The military’s abandonment of Mubarak confused many observers, who had always assumed that the leader and the generals stood or fell together. But as the violence of the transitional period discredited the armed forces, academics fell back in relief on the same age-old assumptions about officers who rule from behind the scenes and change the figures on stage to preserve the status quo.

In a challenge to this conventional view, Hazem Kandil presents the revolt as the latest episode in an ongoing power struggle between the three components of Egypt’s authoritarian regime: the military, the security services and the political apparatus. Through a detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracies, and sociopolitical transformations, the book presents the first systematic analysis of how Egypt metamorphosed from a military to a police state, and what that means for the future of its revolution.
 

About Hazem Kandil

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Hazem Kandil is a Lecturer in Sociology and St. Catharine’s College Fellow at Cambridge University. He has also taught at the American University in Cairo and the University of California, Los Angeles.
 
Published November 13, 2012 by Verso. 312 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The National

He ties Sadat's 1981 assassination by Islamist militants to the growing tension between the political regime and army, noting sceptically that, among other details, the assassins all served in the military and that a Military Intelligence colonel and October War hero hatched the plot.

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London School of Economics

Only days before the revolution he published an article analysing the prospects of revolution in Egypt, and his manuscript was already in progress when the Egyptians finally revolted in early 2011.

Apr 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen...

London School of Economics

Only days before the revolution he published an article analysing the prospects of revolution in Egypt, and his manuscript was already in progress when the Egyptians finally revolted in early 2011.

Apr 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Soldiers, Spies and Statesmen...

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