In the aftermath of the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi, the military-backed Egyptian interim government has used propaganda and has promoted a certain representation of the past to achieve its political agenda of building legitimacy and consolidating power in a postrevolutionary state.
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This article discusses the image of the Jew in its recent manifestations in Arab discourse, showing how competing political and religious factions have manipulated it and imbued it with meaning. It contends that the “Jew” is being constructed as a functional metaphor, an all-purpose villain, to explain the changing circumstances and catastrophes that have befallen Arab societies, particularly in the wake of the Arab Spring.
MDC Junior Researcher Joyce van de Bildt analyzes the recent parliamentary elections held in Egypt, which were the first held since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi over two years ago.
MDC Principal Research Fellow Bruce Maddy-Weitzman argues that the Palestinian issue is just one of many on the crowded agenda of Mideast governments and nowhere near the top of their priorities.
MDC Researcher Dr. Mira Tzoreff weighs the various economic and political challenges currently facing the al-Sisi government in Egypt.
This study examines the place of the Amazigh movement and communities in the evolving political fortunes of North African states. It evaluates the prospects for attaining a genuine recognition of Amazigh ethnocultural demands as part of a broader democratic transformation of society and state, and the Amazigh movement's likely contribution to that transformation. The Amazigh movement has the potential to make alliance with governments and other sectors of societies, in part to try and balance the strength of Islamist groups.
Guest scholar James M. Dorsey, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, explains the recent soccer violence in Egypt.
MDC Researcher Dr. Daniel Zisenwine assesses recent political developments in Tunisia, 4 years after the ouster of President Ben 'Ali.
In this article from the December 2014 issue of Beehive: Middle East Social Media, Dr. Michael Barak analyzes the reaction in Egyptian social media to the acquittal of Hosni Mubarak.