When Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took office two years ago it was with promises of greater security, stability, economic progress and social justice for his country. Yet now, halfway through his term, the country is in a worse state than ever. Police violence and state repression against civil society and political opposition have grown.

The number of terrorist attacks reflects the ever increasing degree of radicalisation. Tourism, which is crucially important to the country’s economy, has collapsed due to the lack of security. The large-scale economic projects backed by Sisi may have benefited his supporters, but they have had little positive impact for the wider population. Egyptian society is becoming increasingly divided and unstable.

Incompetent institutions or deliberate policy?

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Stephan Roll , Lars Brozus/    Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik © 2016