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Egypt is in danger of becoming a failed state—and western leaders are mishandling the crisis

Propping up president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime is not the way forward

By Robert Springborg  

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo: Van Tine Dennis/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the former general and head of military intelligence groomed by President Mubarak’s Minister of Defense to succeed him in that vital portfolio, instead gained control of the presidency itself by orchestrating a coup d’etat in July, 2013. Now running the country with an iron fist tougher than that of any preceding Egyptian president, he calculates domestic and foreign policies on the grounds that western powers will do whatever necessary to prevent the collapse of his regime—because…

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