Egypt on the Verge of Crisis?

(American Interest) Walter Russell Mead - All is not well in Egypt, as the government implements unpopular austerity measures to shore up its floundering economy. As average citizens feel the pinch, they are increasingly blaming President al-Sisi who has not been able to stabilize the country's economy. We've seen in Iraq, Libya and Syria just how easy it is for Arab societies to descend into chaos. A social meltdown in Egypt would be a much larger and more consequential disaster than anything we've yet seen in the region. The Sisi government is far from perfect, but no real alternatives exist. The next American president will need to make Sisi's survival, and Egypt's revival, major priorities. The writer is professor of foreign affairs and humanities at Bard College and professor of American foreign policy at Yale University.

2016-10-28 00:00:00

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