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November 28, 2012
Hazem Kandil on Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen
Alwan for the Arts
November 28, 2012
7.00pm -
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10004 United States
To most of the world, the 2011 Egyptian uprising that toppled the Mubarak regime seemed an almost unbelievable show of popular democratic force. The military’s sudden abandonment of Hosni Mubarak—a turning point for the revolt—confounded many observers, who assumed that the leader and the generals stood or fell together. What exactly had provoked the army to turn on their dictator?

Hazem Kandil presents the revolution 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. A detailed study of the interactions within this invidious triangle over six decades of war, conspiracy, and sociopolitical transformation, his new book, Soldiers, Spies, and Statesmen, is the first systematic analysis of how Egypt metamorphosed from a military into a police state—and what that means for the future of its revolution.