What to read on Egypt

Things I found interesting (though not necessarily persuasive):

  1. Yasmine Saleh and Paul Taylor (Reuters) with a detailed, albeit largely military-sourced, account of Morsi’s last days
  2. Martin Chulov and Patrick Kingsley (Guardian) with a slightly longer view of the fall
  3. Jay Ulfelder (Dart-Throwing Chimp) says, “Yes, that’s a coup in Egypt”
  4. Hazem Kandil (LRB) offers an optimistic view of the coup and the “end of Islamism”
  5. David Brooks (NYT) defends the coup on the basis that Islamists, er, “lack the mental equipment to govern”
  6. Shadi Hamid (NYT) says the coup will push political Islam in a more radical direction
  7. Jackson Diehl (WaPo) takes a comparative view, and says coups don’t work
  8. Marc Lynch (Foreign Policy) is  pessimistic, and says Egypt has been denied the chance to punish Morsi at the ballot box
  9. Martin Indyk (Foreign Policy) says “this is not the time for a lengthy White House proclamation about liberal democratic principles”
  10. David Kirkpatrick and Ben Hubbard (NYT) weigh up  competing lessons for Islamists: the futility of democracy versus the importance of patience and good governance
  11. Nathan Brown (Foreign Affairs) on how not to screw up the constitution this time round
  12. Elizabeth Nugent (Monkey Cage) clarifies that this was an anti-Brotherhood and not anti-Islamist uprising
  13. Laura Dean (The New Republic) on why marginalising the Muslim Brotherhood would be a mistake
  14. Alanna C. Van Antwerp (Foreign Policy), writing before Morsi’s fall, draws some lessons from post-Soviet countries
  15. Andrew Hammond (blog) on how Egypt’s army had been building a case against Morsi for a long time
  16. Jonathan Eyal (RUSI) on the regional winners and losers from the coup
  17. Elspeth Reeve (Atlantic) curates a fine collection of photographs of Cairo in the past few days

Suggestions welcome.


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