Egypt after Morsi

Although the Arab Spring was sparked in Tunisia, Egypt lies at the heart of the ongoing revolution. Given this, the balance that is ultimately struck between the three main forces driving Egypt’s transformation – the military, Islamists, and the young, urban middle class – will have repercussions far beyond Egypt’s borders.

BERLIN – Egypt lies at the heart of the Arab revolution, even if the original spark occurred in Tunisia. But Egypt – with its strategic location, stable borders, large population, and ancient history – has been the principal power of the Arab world for centuries, defining the movement of history there like no other. This implies that the overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, will have much broader repercussions.