Ever since the Egyptian military seized power last month, the United States government, backed by much of the country’s foreign policy elite, has demanded the restoration of democratic rule. President Obama instructed Egypt’s generals “to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government.” The Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina visited Cairo to press the new government to restore democratic rule and have called for cutting off aid if it doesn’t.Excellent piece, informed by the political science canon. (Via Memeorandum.)
But while Washington must unequivocally condemn the violence unleashed by the Egyptian military, clamoring for a rapid return to democracy is misguided.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
U.S. Should Forget Democracy Promotion for Now
Argues Professor Charles Kupchan, at the New York Times, "Democracy in Egypt Can Wait":