Egypt's Second Popular Uprising Targets Military's Hold on Power
Interview with Seif Da’Na, associate professor of sociology and international studies at the University of Wisconsin, conducted by Scott Harris
When tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square last spring demanding the ouster of U.S.-supported dictator Hosni Mubarak, the nation’s armed forces played a decisive role in forcing Mubarak to resign on Feb. 11. When Mubarak ended his 30-year reign of power, it fell to Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to organize the nation’s transition to democracy. Initially, the military promised a six-month transition period, after which they would step aside to make way for civilian rule.