January 31, 2006 | The Washington Institute

Political Islam and Regime Survival in Egypt

This monograph reviews what practical difference reforms made for the 2005 elections and explores the uneasy and ambiguous relationship between the regime and political Islam. Its main thesis is that if the only well-organized opposition is from Islamists, the regime will receive support internationally and from many at home to maintain the status quo. Therefore, the most significant threat to the existing political system in Egypt would be a strong liberal opposition, which could pressure the regime for more reforms.

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