REUTERS/Stringer -President Mohamed Mursi (C), Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Prime Minister Hisham Kandil (L) are seen during a news conference on the release of the soldiers who were kidnapped last week, in Cairo, May 22, 2013. Seven members of the Egyptian security forces kidnapped by Islamist militants in Sinai last week were freed on Wednesday and Mursi announced a new crackdown on lawlessness in the desert peninsula.

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Collusion to Crackdown: Islamist-Military Relations in Egypt

March 5, 2015, Omar Ashour

Omar Ashour examines the legacies and patterns of cooperation and conflict between the leaderships of Egypt’s military and the Muslim Brotherhood. Ashour concludes that Egypt's prospects for social stability and economic recovery will remain bleak if the relationship between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood is not redefined within institutional, democratic rules of political competition.

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