Maged Mandour

Maged Mandour is a political analyst who is a regular contributor to the Arab Digest, Middle East Eye, and Open Democracy and author of an upcoming book entitled “Egypt Under Sisi.”

Maged Mandour is a political analyst who writes openDemocracy’s “Chronicles of the Arab Revolt” column, which covers the affairs of the Arab world with a special focus on social change in the post-Arab Spring Middle East. He research interests include political violence, state repression, class formation, and capitalist development in the Arab world, as well as the international relations of the Middle East, with a special focus on Egypt. He has also made a number of media appearances as a commentator on Egyptian affairs. He has an M.A. in International Relations from Cambridge University, where his thesis explored Egyptian policy toward Hamas using Gramsci’s theory of hegemony.

FromMaged Mandour

  • Egypt’s Market Free Capitalism
    June 2, 2022 عربي
    Egypt’s Market Free Capitalism

    For years, economic growth rates have obscured the flaws of Egyptian state capitalism, trapping the economy in a cycle of debt, poverty, and massive crises.

  • تحالف القاهرة - باريس
    January 21, 2022 عربي
    The Cairo-Paris Axis

    A growing alliance between Cairo and Paris is resulting in significant foreign policy coordination and in political and economic repercussions in both Egypt and France.

  • Sisi’s Brand of Islam
    October 21, 2021 عربي
    Sisi’s Brand of Islam

    Sisi’s call for religious renewal falls within the regime’s attempt to centralize power in its hands by creating a top-down version of state sponsored Islam anchored in conservative social values.

  • Egypt’s Shifting Hamas Policies
    July 26, 2021 عربي
    Egypt’s Shifting Hamas Policies

    Although Egypt’s Sisi regime once perpetuated propaganda against Hamas at home, today its foreign and domestic standing is contingent on a strong relationship with the Gaza-based group.

  • الجانب المظلم في خطة السيسي للتنمية المدينية
    May 10, 2021 عربي
    The Sinister Side of Sisi’s Urban Development

    Years in the making, Sisi’s elite New Administrative Capital will isolate most Egyptians from their centers of government in an effort to fortify the regime against any social pressures.

  • Playing Politics with Poverty: Sisi’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy
    February 25, 2021 عربي
    Playing Politics with Poverty: Sisi’s COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

    As the globe races to inoculate against COVID-19, in Egypt President Sisi’s regime plans to profit from the essential shot.

  • Sisi’s Relentless Repression
    January 25, 2021
    Sisi’s Relentless Repression

    Ill-suited to cope with any social unrest, the Sisi-regime utilizes mass repression to prevent change.

  • Dollars to Despots: Sisi's International Patrons
    November 19, 2020 عربي
    Dollars to Despots: Sisi’s International Patrons

    The Egyptian regime’s economic strategy guarantees that any emerging demands for democratization will clash with international interests.

  • Sisi’s War on the Poor
    September 23, 2020 عربي
    Sisi’s War on the Poor

    The Egyptian government’s fiscal and economic policies are accelerating the transfer of wealth from lower and middle classes to itself and business elites, with likely devastating consequences.

  • Repression and Coronavirus Response in Egypt
    July 15, 2020 عربي
    Repression and Coronavirus Response in Egypt

    In the response to the pandemic, Sisi’s security dominated government has focused on spreading misinformation, propaganda, and repression rather than addressing the health crisis.


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