Two and a half years after popular uprisings forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power, the country’s first democratically elected president has now met the same fate after only one year in office. While Muslim Brotherhood supporters protest the removal and arrest of Mohamed Morsi, many Egyptians saw the military’s actions as necessary to realize the revolution’s original goals. Will the military’s decision to replace Morsi advance the cause of sustainable democracy, or will it further entrench the country’s authoritarian past? What can other countries’ experiences tell us about the role of militaries in democratization?
On July 11, Foreign Policy at Brookings examined the effects of previous coups on democratic development. Panelists included Senior Fellow Theodore Piccone, deputy director of Foreign Policy; TUSIAD Senior Fellow Kemal Kirişci; and Fellow Shadi Hamid, director of research of the Brookings Doha Center, who participated via videoconference from Doha. Brookings Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.
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