With international media effectively prevented from covering the protests in Iran, the regime is using repressive techniques to try to bring an end to opposition demonstrations in the county.
Although the circumstances in Egypt and Iran are significantly different, protestors in Iran are being inspired by Egypt’s example and some of the Iranian opposition have begun to call for an end to the regime in Tehran.
While the removal from power of Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were historic moments for the entire Arab world, the old regimes in Tunisia and Egypt are still fighting to retain as much power and control as they can.
With no clear leadership emerging from among the Egyptian demonstrators and opposition, the Egyptian military remains the only institution capable of shepherding the country’s political transition.
While the Egyptian opposition wants an inclusive and fundamental reform and a transition to a more pluralist and democratic system, it remains to be seen whether their demands will be met by the military.
While there is no risk-free change in a country that has been under authoritarian government for so long, Egyptians today face the real possibility that they will soon have the right and the ability to choose and to change their government for the first time ever.
Egypt has been fundamentally changed by the events since Jan. 25, and the challenge now is to translate the changes flowing from the popular uprising into the concrete procedures and safeguards necessary for a genuine transition to democracy.
What happens next in Egypt depends on what steps the military and the protesters take, not on what Washington says.
The Egyptian military will play a critical role in Egypt's transition period, but whether they will support a democratic transition or the status quo remains to be seen.
Moscow’s reaction to the current upheaval in Egypt demonstrates the dramatically changed nature of Russian relations with, and presence in, the Middle East.