In this video, I ask Denis what he feels has changed in Egypt since the 2018 publication of his book.
Denis doesn’t feel that much has changed since Breathing Hope and Fear was released. He does, however, note that Donald Trump’s actions have emboldened Egypt’s current strongman, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Moreover, it seems unlikely President Biden will reverse that soon, given that, for now, his focus will be on coronavirus.
An extract from Breathing Hope and Fear
The one thing el-Sisi was good at, was a blood-thirsty desire to settle all old scores. Ousted President Morsi was a particular thorn in his side. Despite being in prison, his supporters idolized him. Despite being sentenced to death early in el-Sisi’s rule, he was still exhausting appeal after appeal. The death penalty on him was for the mass Cairo prison breakout of Muslim Brotherhood prisoners in 2011. He was also sentenced to 20 years in prison in April over the arrest and torture of protesters during his 2012-13 rule. Never mind el-Sisi’s was ten times worse. In November of 2016, Egypt’s appeals court overturned Morsi’s death sentence and ordered a retrial in connection with a mass prison break in 2011.
Some Egyptians celebrated the possibility that el-Sisi would bring stability to a country in upheaval since the removal of long-term leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Others worred that he represents a return to the authoritarian security state that prevailed under Mubarak.
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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.
- What Caused the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
- Why Did the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 Ultimately Fail?
- Why Write About Egypt?
- Why Did You Structure Your Book Like This?
- What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2018?
- What Has Changed in Egypt Since 2011?
- What Is the Most Memorable Moment of the 2011 Revolution?
- How Did You Come to Be Personally Involved in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011?
- Do You Have Any Other Works?
- One Key Takeaway for Westerners
- 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.