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While comparisons and arguments for why the Turkish Model is relevant to burgeoning MENA countries now undergoing transition abound, the infeasibilities of “selling” this model have been less explored. This article makes the argument that positing Turkey’s successes in the last decades as a “model” for transitioning MENA countries is counter-productive. The author examines this concept primarily through the lens of Turkey Egypt relations. The first section discusses the feasibility of the Turkish model from the perspective of Egyptians themselves; the second section discusses the ideological challenges and discrepancies between the AKP and Egypt’s eclectic hues of Islamists, including some revealing gender constituency challenges for Egypt’s two largest Islamist political parties. Finally, the author offers some policy recommendations to the proponents of the Turkish model in engaging a transitioning Egypt...

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From the Desk of the Editor During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals and governments across the globe have been reminded of the value of human life and the delicacy of human psychology. Societies have been forced to conform to governments’ speedy decisions to prevent the spread of the virus, and individuals—from the most vulnerable to the most well-off —were forced to self-isolate. The isolation...
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