[update below] [2nd update below]
I’ve been closely following events in Egypt since the weekend and, with the army’s destitution of Morsi last night, reading as many instant analyses as I can. In view of the limited time I can devote to this—I can’t be on all fronts—, I am privileging those by academic specialists of Egypt—and political scientists in particular—, all of whom I know personally, professionally, or by reputation. Most are prudently analyzing the situation and underscoring the grave situation Egypt finds itself in—and in every possible domain—and that could well degenerate. Here are some recommended articles (by people who are smart and knowledgeable, and whose views on this I trust).
One sharp analysis I just read—and with an on target assessment of US policy—is by Marc Lynch in FP, “Downfall in Cairo.” The lede: “Morsy is out. The military is in. But it doesn’t look good for anyone.”
Nathan Brown has a typically first-rate commentary in TNR, “Where does the Muslim Brotherhood go from here? Reckoning with Morsi’s failure.” He also had another piece yesterday, this in Foreign Affairs, “Redoing the Egyptian Revolution: How to get the transition right this time.”
Also in Foreign Affairs is a must read ‘letter from Cairo’ (datelined Sunday) by Ashraf Khalil (a journalist), “The irony of Tahrir Square.”
Another essential piece in Foreign Affairs, dated June 27th, is by Mara Revkin, a Yale law school student currently interning at Human Rights Watch’s Cairo office, “The Egyptian state unravels.” The lede: “Meet the gangs and vigilantes who thrive under Morsi.” The dramatically rising level of insecurity and criminality in Egypt has been one big factor in the popular rage against the government (and which was underscored this morning by Gilles Kepel on France Inter).
As for Human Rights Watch, see its latest statement, “Egypt: Judge government on respect for people’s rights.”
If one didn’t see it, Samer Shehata wrote, in an NYT op-ed yesterday, of the dilemma the political crisis in Egypt is posing for many political science types (myself included) and intellos, “In Egypt, democrats vs. liberals.”
On this question, I highly recommend Joshua Keating’s FP post yesterday, “Can a coup ever be democratic?,” in which he discusses an important article (that was unbeknownst to me) by law professor Ozan Varol in the Harvard International Law Journal.
I await the instant analyses of other specialists (including a couple of friends), that I will post illico when they’re up, inshallah.
UPDATE: Annie in the thread below has linked to a very good commentary on what’s happening in Egypt, “On Sheep and Infidels.” by Sarah Carr, a half-Egyptian blogger in Cairo (and whose blog, Inanities, is on the blogroll to the right). I was going to post it separately but Annie beat me to it. (July 9)
2nd UPDATE: Hussein Ibish has an excellent, spot on commentary in NOW, “How NOT to write about Egypt,” in which he makes waste of certain pundits and talking heads—e.g. David Brooks and Noah Feldman—who have had particularly inane columns and op-eds on Egypt over the past week. (July 9)