Here are a few Q and A’s about what’s going on in Egypt.
Should We Fear the Muslim Brotherhood?
Shadi Hamid says that while Egypt’s largest opposition group is nobody’s idea of liberal, if we can be friends with Saudi Arabia, we can work with the brothers.
What should Washington do?
Not much, says Steven A. Cook. “The best the United States can do to salvage its position in Egypt is for President Barack Obama to make a statement in support of a democratic, tolerant, and pluralist Egypt — and then get out of the way to let Egyptians build a new political system.”
What’s the right historical analogy?
Thomas Carothers decries the simplistic invocation of Iran in 1979 as a (scary) template for where Egypt might be headed. A better model, arguably, is 1990s Indonesia, “an example of how a democratic transition in a Muslim country can be successful.”
What’s going on? And why now?
Salon has useful Egypt Q&A, with answers to basic questions about a revolution, among them: Who is Mubarak? What do the protesters want? When will it end? Why protest now? How will this affect the region?
Hezbollah, Israel And Egypt: What Happens Next?“Everything that the experts say and everything that the activists and politicians have taken for granted for a generation, at least, is really off the table,” author Thanassis Cambanis tells Terry Gross.
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