Untangling Egypt’s Democracy Problem


Steven Cook thinks Egyptians should swallow their anger and immunize the military junta from prosecution for their crimes:

If Egypt’s officers were guaranteed immunity, allowed to keep whatever ill-gotten gains they have, and  assured that civilianization of the political system is not tantamount to destroying the armed forces—a mistake the Turks seem to be making—the chances are better that the military will yield to civilian politicians and a more democratic order.  If the experience of Latin America can be any kind of guide, these guarantees and the traces of the previous authoritarian system that go with them will fade away as democratic practices and processes become institutionalized.

Phillip Seib has ideas about how America can reach out to Islamists. Amil Khan isn't convinced.

(Photo: Egyptian women show their ink-stained fingers after voting at a polling station in Cairo's al-Sahel district during a re-run round of landmark parliamentary elections on January 10, 2012. Egyptians are voting for the third and final phase of staggered elections to choose the first parliament since mass protests ousted Hosni Mubarak in February last year. By Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images.)