Egypt’s Emerging Democracy

Egypt’s Emerging Democracy

In the face of public pressure, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is apparently backing away from an attempt to dramatically expand his power. Diane and her guests discuss Egypt’s fragile democracy and its new role on the world stage.

Egypt’s president appeared to back away from his declaration last week to take on near-absolute power. A representative for Mohamed Morsi said Monday a compromise with the Supreme Judicial Council would leave most of the president’s actions subject to court review. But the agreement would protect the Constitutional Council from being dissolved before finishing its work. The deal didn’t satisfy critics who say President Morsi’s power grab is a threat to Egypt’s fragile young democracy. And some suggest the U.S. is turning a blind eye to the president’s actions as long as he supports a truce between Palestinians and Israelis. Diane and her guests discuss the latest on Egypt’s power struggle.

Guests

Nancy Youssef

Middle East bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers.

Robin Wright

journalist, joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and author of "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World."

Samer Shehata

assistant professor of Arab politics at Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.

Hisham Melhem

Washington bureau chief for Al-Arabiya News Channel.

Nicholas Burns

professor in the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and former undersecretary for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

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