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Why Did the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 Ultimately Fail? | 10th Anniversary Series with Denis G. Campbell

In this video, I ask why the Egyptian Revolution ultimately failed.

Failure to prepare not just for a revolution, but for the governing which would come after, led to the movement’s ultimate failure. Moreover, it opened the door to the brutal General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to eventually seize power.

An extract from Breathing Hope and Fear

The morning after Mubarak fell, no one wanted to talk soberly about what was next in the process except… The Muslim Brotherhood. Essentially banned for decades and living underground, they were poised to quietly and decisively take advantage of the uncertainty that would follow revolution.

The problem was, much like the family of Donald Trump in 2016, nobody expected the protest-turned-revolution to be successful. They liked being the instigators. Now they had to govern. And that was hard.

They were the dog who caught the car. ‘Now what?’

They were a large group of secular humanists who wanted to know what everyone else thought. They wanted to work together to build a representative government. Other parties wanted to take advantage of the national uncertainty and secure a win.

The Muslim Brotherhood was lifted quickly and they were the underdogs everyone rooted for. In the 2010 election, they received 10% of the Parliamentary seats and understood how governing in an ungovernable state could be done. They went from pariah to legitimate party and partner… and they quietly secured the Army’s blessing.

By the time those who planned the revolution realized the depth of their organizing, it was too late. They did all the heavy lifting, The Muslim Brotherhood would reap the rewards.

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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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