In the wake of the June 30 popular uprising and the ouster of democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, a new political order has slowly begun to take shape in Egypt. While a transition plan has been announced, serious questions remain about the process, including the role and future of the Muslim Brotherhood, the enduring influence of the “deep state,” and the implications for democratic rights and social justice in Egypt. 

Hossam Bahgat, Nathan J. Brown, and Carrie R. Wickham analyzed the rapidly developing situation on the ground and the implications for Egypt’s future. Marwan Muasher moderated.

Hossam Bahgat

Hossam Bahgat is the founder and director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. In 2010, Bahgat won Human Rights Watch’s Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism.

Nathan J. Brown

Nathan J. Brown is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Middle East Program and a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. His research focuses on Islamist movements and Arab law and constitutionalism.

Carrie R. Wickham

Carrie R. Wickham is an associate professor of political science at Emory University. Her research focuses on the rise of Islamic activism in Egypt and other Arab states.

Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment, where he oversees the Endowment’s research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.