Dr. Osman Mohamed’s Seminar on his book “The Revolution of the Egyptians: Between Economy and Politics and the Road to Development”
On Wednesday February 28th 2018, the Council held a closed session at its headquarters, where the former Minister of Planning, Dr. Osman Mohamed Osman, talked about his new book “Revolution of the Egyptians: Between Economy and Politics and the Road to Development”.
Dr. Osman presented in his book a method to analyze the uprisings of the Arab Spring as an attempt to explain them scientifically, and concluded that these uprisings were accompanied by “an implicit collapse of the social contract.” In an attempt to compare the idea of the rentier state to the Egyptian reality, it is found to be baseless and does not apply to it. Agriculture and construction contribute more than half of Egypt’s gross national product.
Economic and social developments over the course of a decade have led to a change in the balance of power among the strata of society, and this is a fundamental reason for the popular anger of Mubarak and his regime. Since the mid-1970s, and more so since 2005, businessmen and capitalists have sought to expand their political influence to maintain their financial and economic conditions.
Their method was to distance themselves from the domination of the military mindset and the transition to a full civilian rule and to push the beauty of Mubarak to fulfill this purpose. At the same time, there were Egyptian-American differences on the subject of the nuclear reactor in Dabaa, the military bases, human rights and democracy, and personal relations between the leaders of the two countries.
The most serious thing came when the United States of America expressed its satisfaction with the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the reins of power in Egypt, at the time the army was working to defend the style of the Egyptian state that prevailed in the sixties; In this context, his prominent role in preserving the Egyptian identity is due to the spread of religious extremism and religious resistance.