The recent revolution in Egypt has shaken the Arab world to its roots. The most populous Arab country and the historical center of Arab intellectual life, Egypt is a linchpin of the USs Middle East strategy, receiving more aid than any nation except Israel. This is not the first time that the world has turned its gaze to Egypt, however. A half century ago, Egypt under Nasser became the putative leader of the Arab world and a beacon for all developing nations. Yet in the decades prior to the 2011 revolution, it was ruled over by a sclerotic regime plagued by nepotism and corruption. During that time, its economy declined into near shambles, a severely overpopulated Cairo fell into disrepair, and it produced scores of violent Islamic extremists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri and Mohammed Atta. In The Struggle for Egypt, Steven Cooka Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relationsexplains how this parlous state of affairs came to be, why the revolution occurred, and where Egypt might be headed next.
FPRI Associate Scholar, Eric Trager, comments from Cairo on developments in Egypt and the implications for U.S. foreign policy.
This presentation was part of Teaching The Middle East: Between Authoritarianism And Reform, a History Institute for Teachers. October 15, 2011 http://www.fpri.org/multimedia/20111015.trager.egypt.html
An FPRI Symposium, examining the different parties vying for Egyptian leadership, the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, and U.S. policy in light of recent developments in Egypt. May 24, 2011