Democratic Transitions and the Problem of Power (Spring 2014)

By
Marina Ottaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ottaway writes that three years after the beginning of the Arab uprisings, Tunisia and Egypt are moving in different directions. Tunisia is moving in a democratic direction because well-established political and civil society organizations counterbalance each other, forcing compromise. In Egypt, politics pitted the Muslim Brotherhood against the military and other state institution, inevitably leading to the triumph of the state. A new process of democratization is unlikely to start without other uprisings.

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