Changeover of power in Tunisia, unrests in Egypt, reform promises in Jordan and Yemen – the Middle East witnesses radical change. But the way into democracy is not secured. The courage of the revolutionaries needs to lead to liberal reforms.
In spite of the violent crackdown on protesters in Egypt, the United States continues to avoid reviewing its policy regarding military aid to the country. The Obama administration has good reason to be cautious.
Following Morsi’s ouster, the struggle for power in Egypt is raging. But the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to bring about any democratic stability in the foreseeable future.
The ouster of Morsi is only one episode in the long tradition of African state coups. Yet, it contributes to a trend that threatens the blossoming of democracy across the region.
Following Morsi’s ouster, Egypt is once again on a knife-edge. While it is yet unforeseeable how the country can overcome the current state of crisis, it is quite clear how it got itself into it in the first place.
Ahmadinejad’s trip to Egypt was about soft power – not about crafting a new alliance.