In this video, I ask Denis what he feels has changed in Egypt since the 2011, when the 25 January Revolution occurred.

‘History hates a vacuum,’ Denis says. From as early as mid-2011, this became clear, as the Muslim Brotherhood took the momentum of the revolution away from those who had formented it. Under Mohamed Morsi’s leadership, they took the presidency, but after angering the military, the brutal General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seized control.

An extract from Breathing Hope and Fear

The period of 2014-17 saw the rise of General el-Sisi to power and his election by the people to resume as a Mubarak-style dictator president. Many he was worse worse than the 30 years of Mubarak following Sadat’s assassination.

One of al-Sisi’s first acts was to decalere The Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group after a bomb blast in Mansoura killed twelve people. The people were exhausted after four years of continual protests and, in January 2014, a new Egyptian Constitution, the third in three years, banned parties based on religion.

At one year and three days, Morsi would become the shortest termed president in Egypt’s line of leaders. Its fifth president was removed in a military coup, quickly tried and sentenced to three years in jail for funneling sensitive documents to Qatar. In September of 2017, a court upheld a life sentence given to Morsi for ‘insulting the judiciary’ in Cairo Criminal Court. He remains in jail today, at least at the time of publication.

The people showered the new, strong-but-kind general with praise. Women and children held up his photo and demanded that he, close in style to Mubarak and envied by US President Donald Trump, be brought into power to Make Egypt Great Again and bring the country back under control.

The people, fatigued by four years of protest and uncertainty under the radical Morsi, demanded a return to law and order and no more time-consuming and costly protests.

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Egyptian Revolution 10th Anniversary Series with Denis G. Campbell

In this tenth-anniversary video series, I sit down with Denis G. Campbell, author of Breathing Hope and Fear: Egypt Since 2011, to discuss what led up to the 25 January Revolution, what the key moments were during it, why it failed, and the learnings we can take from it. I also ask him directly about his book: why write about Egypt, and why use the innovative tweet-based style he did? Posting every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until the 26th – and, of course, on 25 January itself – I attach a relevant excerpt from Breathing Hope and Fear.

  1. What Caused the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
  2. Why Did the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 Ultimately Fail?
  3. Why Write About Egypt?
  4. Why Did You Structure Your Book Like This?
  5. What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2018?
  6. What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2011?
  7. What Is the Most Memorable Moment of the 2011 Revolution?
  8. How Did You Come to Be Personally Involved in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
  9. Do You Have Any Other Works?
  10. One Key Takeaway for Westerners
  11. Could Another Egyptian Revolution Happen Soon?

About the author

Denis has provided Americas, Middle East and business commentary to global television networks (BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC), radio (BBC, China International Radio) and various magazines and newspapers for the last 14 years. An American/British journalist and author, he is based in Wales. Denis was significantly involved in covering the 25 January Egyptian Revolution at the time.

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