Middle East Notes and Comment: A Troubling Mix

  • Jul 12, 2011

    Five months in, Egypt's post-Mubarak politics have yet to take shape. With parliamentary elections scheduled to take place in only two months, and with Egyptians still wondering if they will vote for district representatives, national party lists, or some hybrid system, July's uncertainty has replaced February's euphoria.

    It is not surprising that a system that was largely bereft of politics for decades would take a long time to generate genuine politics. What is more surprising is that the emerging issues of Egyptian politics, the economy and nationalism, would run so much at cross-purposes. Egyptians' ability to reconcile the two will be a vital test of their ability to thrive in the coming era.

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Jon B. Alterman