Moves by Egypt’s military government to clear protest camps set up by the Muslim Brotherhood have turned violent, with a number of people reported killed or injured. The conflict between the army and the Brotherhood has heated up dramatically – and there’s no end in sight.
Six weeks ago, Egypt’s military toppled democratically-elected President Mohammed Morsi after just over a year in power. The deposed president has been in detention since early July. Increasingly, his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and opponents in the military have taken up positions on opposite sides of what is now a bloody divide. For weeks now, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians have been out on the streets – both in support of Morsi and against him.
Is Egypt on the verge of civil war? What can the international community do to defuse the situation? Will other countries soon get more involved? Can Egypt find the path to democracy?
Tell us what you think: Bloodshed in Egypt – No Way Out?
Ahmed Badawi - is a researcher and political analyst. He is the Co-Executive Director of Transform, a Berlin-based organisation specialising in conflict resolution and political development. He previously worked for the International Crisis Group, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Oxford Research Group and Zentrum Moderner Orient. In 1991-1999 he worked in Egypt as a print and TV journalist. He has a Doctorate in Political Science from Humboldt University in Berlin and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Jan Kuhlmann– is a freelance journalist specialising in events in the Arab world. After studying History and Islamic Studies in Hamburg Jan Kuhlmann started his journalistic career at the daily Kieler Nachrichten. His work took him to the Middle East where he worked for the dpa news agency in Tel Aviv. He studied Arabic at the American University of Cairo. Back in Germany he became the Berlin Correspondent of the Rheinischen Merkurnewspaper. He now works for a variety of newspapers and radio stations.
Said Samir– Has been living and working as a freelance journalist in Germany for the last five years. Born in Egypt, he studied at Cairo’s Ain Shams University. In 2004 he and his family relocated to Germany, his wife’s home country. He works for Arabic and English medias. He is presently working as a consultant, assisting European media to gain a foothold in the Arab World.