Ragnar Weilandt is a freelance journalist currently based in Cairo. He recently graduated from the London School of Economics and is about to embark on a PhD on EU-Arab relations at the University of Warwick. Follow him on twitter: @ragnarweilandt
From 1997 to 2009 ElBaradei was Director General at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. From 2011 on, ElBaradei played an important role during the Egyptian revolution. From July 2013 until his resignation in August 2013 he served as the Vice President of Egypt.
Ilyas Saliba is a research associate at the department democracy and democratization at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and a PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences (BGSS) at the Humboldt University. He also is an associate fellow to the EU Middle East Forum at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). Furthermore he is a freelance journalist and photographer, covering political developments in the Middle East and North Africa – especially Morocco, Tunisia, Syria and Egypt.
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.
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.
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.