Egypt After Mubarak: The Unlikeliness of the Hypothetical Alliance between the Brotherhood and the Military was the title of the third in a series of intellectual debates organized by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha. The meeting emphasized the need for civil society participation in Egypt's reform process, one which would lay the foundations of a solid democratic system which would transform Egypt for the better. The great contribution of what was termed “civic formations” in the revolutions was discussed at the meeting. Previous experience suggests, however, that these “civic formations” are liable to be pushed aside, making way for the re-introduction of the hegemony of traditional political parties over public life. One of the main causes behind this was the inability of the civic formations mentioned to form their own political parties, with complete structures, and with fully formed political agendas.
The meeting closed with a discussion of the Muslim Brotherhood, widely regarded as the most organized standing political organization in Egypt. Participants concluded that the Brotherhood was unlikely to enter into anything but a limited, tactical alliance with the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces (SCAF), the body which presently rules Egypt; the Muslim Brotherhood would, in the end, come to support the emergence of a “civic state” (which may be called a “secular” state) in Egypt.
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