Traditionally since the time of Nasser, Egypt – based both on its demography and military might – has been first among equals in the Middle East, a perennial great power without which regional stability would not be possible. However, following the chaotic final years of the Mubarak era, and the shambolic interregnum of the Muslim Brotherhood that followed, Egypt has slid off the economic map, endangering its status in the region.
The numbers don’t lie
If the Sisi government can come to see capitalism as more than a state piggy bank designed to keep his military cronies sweet, the endless potential of the country could yet be realizedDr. John C. Hulsman