Coups and Revolutions: Mass Mobilization, the Egyptian Military, and the United States from Mubarak to Sisi

ISBN : 9780190071455

Amy Austin Holmes
384 ページ
156 x 156 mm

In 2011, Egypt witnessed more protests than any other country in the world. Counter to the received narrative, Amy Austin Holmes argues that the ousting of Mubarak in 2011 did not represent the culmination of a revolution or the beginning of a transition period, but rather the beginning of a revolutionary process that would unfold in three waves, followed by two waves of counterrevolution. This book offers the first analysis of both the revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt from January 2011 until June 2018. The period of revolutionary upheaval played out in three uprisings against three distinct forms of authoritarian rule: the Mubarak regime and the police state that protected it, the unelected military junta known as the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, and the religious authoritarianism of the Muslim Brotherhood. The counterrevolution occurred over two periods: the first under Adly Mansour as interim president and the second after El Sisi was elected president. While the regime imprisoned or killed the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood and many secular activists during the first wave of the counterrevolution, it turned against civil society at large during the second: NGOs, charities, media, academia, and minority groups. In addition to providing new and unprecedented empirical data, Coups and Revolutions makes two theoretical contributions. First, it presents a new framework for analyzing the state apparatus in Egypt based on four pillars of regime support that can either prop up or press upon whoever is in power. These are the Egyptian military, the business elite, the United States, and the multi-headed opposition. Secondly, the book brings together the literature on bottom-up revolutionary movements and top-down military coups, and it introduces the concept of a coup from below in contrast to the revolution from above that took place under Gamal Abdel Nasser.


Part I: Revolution
1. Introduction: Revolutionary Risings in Egypt
2. Revolutions and Coups
3. The People want to overthrow the Regime: The First Wave against the Mubarak Regime
4. Down down with military rule: The Second Wave against the Military Junta
5. Down down with the Supreme Guide: The Third Wave against the Muslim Brotherhood
Part II: Counter-Revolution and the Return to Military Rule
6. Sisi is a Killer: First Wave of Counter-Revolution: Sisi as Minister of Defense
7. Tiran and Sanafir are Egyptian!: Second Wave of Counter-Revolution: Sisi as President
8. Conclusion: Waves of Revolution and Counterrevolution
Appendix: Evidence from Survey Data


Amy Austin Holmes is Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo, Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center of Harvard University, and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. She is the author of Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945. Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. She has written about human rights violations including the Rabaa/Nahda massacre which she witnessed in August 2013; the crackdown on civil society; as well as the issue of US military aid to Egypt.