On 25 January 25 2011, thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest. The uprising quickly spread, culminating in then-President Hosni Mubarak being removed from office after 30 years of autocratic rule. Yet optimism about Egypt’s political future later turned to turmoil. Five years on could Egypt be on the brink of another revolution?
In recent months there have been calls for a ‘Return to The Square’ this 25 January on social media sites, with apparently hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate. There are increasing fears that Egypt could perhaps be facing another uprising, or indeed violent repression for the current political regime.
Despite the rise to power of President Abd al Fatah al Sisi, who has tried to present a country that is returning to stability and prosperity, many of the socio-political grievances that existed back in 2011 are still present today and the state of Egypt remains fragile and divided. This event will offer a timely opportunity to reflect on the 2011 Revolution and unpack the last five years of Egypt’s political turmoil.
Dr Neil Ketchley, Hulme Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Oxford
Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist Middle East, Citi Global Markets
Richard Spencer, Middle East Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph
There will be a drinks reception after the discussion.
This event is open to RUSI Under 35s Forum members only. If you have any queries, please contact Hannah Croft, Under 35s Forum Chair, at HannahC@rusi.org.