Egypt: Crisis of Democracy

  • July 14, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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On June 30, 2012, Muhammad Morsi became Egypt's first freely elected president.  Although he was democratically elected, Morsi acted undemocratically by illegally consolidating his power and suppressing his opposition.

On July 3, 2013, the Egyptian military overthrew Morsi and suspended the constitution. The Egyptian army promised early elections to bring back civilian rule as soon as possible—but did not say when.

When Morsi was elected, the U.S. supported the growth of democracy in Egypt.  They wanted religious fundamentalist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood (Morsi's party) included in the democratic process.  However, U.S. officials did not want these Islamist groups to become dominant.  Ultimately, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood undermined the democratic process that the U.S. supported.

So, what's next for Egypt?

How should the U.S. deal with Egypt?

Finally, since Morsi was forced out of office through protests instead of an election, has his ouster ruined the chances for democracies to grow in the Middle East?

References are below.

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References:

Egypt's Tragedy (The Economist)

Downfall in Cairo (Foreign Policy)

Egypt Confronts Obama With Yet Another Limit To His Power (NPR)

Will Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Survive? (CNN)

The Most Worrying Thing About Egypt's Coup: The Police (The Atlantic)

Overrated Democracy, The Last Thing Egypt Needs (Washington Post)

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative. I particularly appreciated the various perspectives.
    My apologies for perhaps being a bit too assertive (most of my American experience has been in the Boston area -- and there my style would regarded as normal... and in Italy ..as too meek!!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, will have to miss it this time due to some other commitments.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, something conflicting came up. I'm sure it will be a fascinating discussion as always.

    July 13, 2013

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