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Economic Policies in Egypt: Populism or Reform?

Mohsin Khan, Svetlana Milbert

October 2012

Atlantic Council


The Arab Spring that swept the Middle East last year dramatically altered the political landscape of the region but also generated considerable uncertainty over the future of economic policies and economic reforms in the Arab world, according to a new issue brief released by the Rafik Hariri Center at the Atlantic Council.

Arab countries in transition have been developing their own post-Arab Spring economic models that include a variety of populist measures. Using Egypt as a case study, the authors examine the economic policies the new Egyptian government will likely adopt.