In our final video from Michael, he explores the complicated, often paradoxical perceptions that many Egyptians have toward US influence over their government. He also follows up with some pushback on the idea that US influence in the Middle East is somehow in decline:

Michael Wahid Hanna is a Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, where he works on issues of international security, international law, and US foreign policy in the broader Middle East and South Asia. He appears regularly on NPR, BBC, and al-Jazeera. Additionally, his Twitter feed is a must-read for anyone interested in Egyptian politics. Our ongoing coverage of the current events in Egypt is here. Michael’s previous answers are here. Our full Ask Anything archive is here.