Mere days after long-simmering resentments about food shortages, long gas lines, and soaring unemployment fueled massive public protests against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian military ousted President Mohamed Morsi, suspended the constitution, and installed an interim government. What does the future hold and why should the rest of the world care?
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The Arab Spring is a series of events of truly world-historical importance. It has already reshaped the Arab World and the Middle East more fundamentally and more rapidly than any event in the past several centuries.
So much for the Arab Spring. In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed dictatorship.
Widespread rioting and violence has again engulfed Egypt following the July 3 overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government; Tunisia just suffered this year’s second political assassination; Libya continues unraveling and Syria’s civil war rages on unabated.