The pro-democracy uprisings that swept across the Middle East in 2011 made clear the need to forge a new social contract between rulers and ruled.
Despite the clear autocratic nature and the violations of basic human rights prevalent in many recently approved laws, the Egyptian parliament passed almost all of them with very little discussion.
Egypt’s new capital is likely to be another urban failure.
Egypt’s government is trying to bring independent labor organizations under the state syndicate’s control, threatening one of the few remaining independent civil society actors.
Parliament has moved on church-building in Egypt, but it is unlikely to be enough.
The relationship between India and Egypt has declined over the years. But, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should rebuild the friendship between Nehru and Nasser.
Processes of diffusion and cross-national learning during the Arab Spring were not only employed by protest movements but by the regimes they opposed.
The question is not whether the Sisi regime will last, but the kind of regime that is likely to emerge from Egypt’s economic turmoil.
Supporting Arab autocrats may produce some short-term gains, but at the price of long-term disaster.
Despite a new IMF deal, Egypt’s economy still has a number of structural reforms that need to be dealt with.