REUTERS/Stringer- An Egyptian student and supporter of ousted president Mohamed Mursi faces Egyptian army soldiers during a protest near the Ministry of Defense building in Cairo December 18, 2013.
To kill or not to kill: Army and politics in post-revolution Egypt
December 19, 2013,
Omar Ashour says military coups against elected institutions are usually followed by a wave of brutal repression. Egypt is not an exception. However, in the post-coup environment, the levels of repression and bloodshed are unprecedented in its modern history. Ashour concludes that civilian oversight, even within a weak institutional arrangement, is also psychologically problematic.