REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waves as he arrives to the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal, in Egypt August 6, 2015.

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Sisi’s regime is a gift to the Islamic State

August 7, 2015, Shadi Hamid

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power on a classic strongman platform. He was no liberal or democrat—and didn’t claim to be—but promised stability and security at a time when most Egyptians had grown exhausted from the uncertainties of the Arab Spring. But by any measurable standard, Egypt is more vulnerable to violence and insurgency today than it had been before. Shadi Hamid makes the argument that the end result of the Egyptian coup turned out to be a gift to the Islamic State.

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