The latest bloodshed in Cairo underscores worrying trends about Egypt's internal security and political future. The recent clashes in the vicinity of Cairo’s Abbasseya Square illuminate prominent political groups' ability to forcefully impose their views, demands, and ideologies as they battle for the country’s new identity. Sadly for Egyptians, the bloody volatility is not likely to end anytime soon.

From a security point of view, what is most important to note is how the explosive political situation directly translates into an erosion of security conditions on the ground. Violence in downtown Cairo is often centered on political disputes involving opposing factions prone to resolving their differences with force. They consider this the most optimum course of action to achieve their goals.

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