Following mass protests, Egypt’s military intervened on July 3 to remove President Mohamed Morsi from office, marking a dramatic turn in the country’s post-Mubarak transition. Egypt’s armed forces are now back at the helm, with promises of a new political roadmap and quick transition back to a civilian government. But the country is deeply divided and the path forward is profoundly uncertain.

Four Egypt experts and Sada contributors weigh in on Egypt’s current predicament. Each offers a unique perspective on different factions’ motivations for political reconciliation and compromise and whether a political solution is possible.

Please join the discussion by sharing your own views in the comments section.


  • It’s Not About Civil War

    July 15, 2013 Nathan J. Brown

    Egypt today is not on the brink of civil war. But neither is it engaged in any transition to a stable democratic system.

  • It’s All About Inclusiveness

    July 15, 2013 Mohammed Samhouri

    Out of the many important lessons one can draw from the ouster of the Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Morsi early this month, two in particular are highly relevant.

  • Tough Going for Reconciliation?

    July 15, 2013 Mohammed Salem

    Talk of political diversity must be anchored in comprehensive national reconciliation—before rushing off to the ballot box.

  • Par for the Course

    July 15, 2013 Nadine Abdalla

    Egypt’s experience demonstrates that operational democratic procedures are not sufficient for a successful transition.