Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood
The goal of this five-day Geostrategic Intelligence Seminar (GIS) was to provide an overview of issues critical to Egypt in transition from military dictatorship to fledgling democracy. The five-day graduate-level seminar, designed for intelligence professionals, placed contemporary Egypt in historical, cultural, political, economic and regional contexts, illustrating the ways in which the emerging regime of President Mohammed Mursi represents both continuity and change. The seminar provided a substantive context within which to analyze the challenges facing Egypt both at home and in a rapidly changing Middle East.
Through the seminar, participants:
- Gained a broader understanding of Egypt as part of the "Arab Spring," and of the historical roots of the uprising that succeeded in toppling Hosni Mubarak.
- Deepened their knowledge of Islamic movements in Egypt in the 20th and 21st centuries, both as those movements have challenged the state and provided governing institutions.
- Exploreed the language of the most recent Egyptian constitution, using key terms from the constitution to help frame discussions of Islam in the emerging political realm and of the latest uprisings that have brought Tahrir square back to international attention.
- Examined secular revolutionary contingencies, labor organizations and Islamists as part of a dynamic, evolving body politic, asking not only how these groups' demands fit historical models but also how they portend of successful democratic rule. Our discussions of the military will included security issues, the neo-liberal agendas of the Mubarak administration and tensions within the current administration.