Date of Defense

2-1-2012

Date of Graduation

12-2011

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Howard Dooley, History

Second Advisor

Mustafa Mughazy, Foreign Languages

Abstract

On January 25, 2011, demonstrations began in Egypt against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. These demonstrations were the culmination of decades of abuses by the government such as police brutality, corruption, and the provisions of the emergency law that restricted the freedoms of the people and limited the opposition to the regime. The protests grew into a revolution that toppled the Mubarak government and put the military temporarily in charge of the country. The popular uprising and resignation of President Mubarak left the country in a state of euphoria and hope, yet there are uncertainties about the future. This paper will examine the Egyptian political institutions, the role of the military, the emerging political parties and social movements, and economic development to determine if Egypt will be able to transition to a democracy with free and fair elections, political parties, and an actively involved civil society or if it will be drawn back into the world of authoritarian regimes.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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