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.
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.