“Egypt plays a crucial role in the political, cultural and the economic leadership in the Middle East and North Africa.” John Kerry
A harshly denied reality
Until Egyptians confront their reality critically, engage in serious introspection and self-criticism and shed the illusions of a bygone era, they will continue to barely muddle through and never reclaim the gift of the Nile.Hisham Melhem
Today, Egypt is bereft of those many attributes that make cities great. If we ask does Egypt boast the best university, science lab, newspaper, radio station, satellite channel, hospital, publishing house or research center in the Arab world? The painful, honest answer, to Egyptians (and those of my generation of Arabs who did partake in Egypt’s gifts in the past) is a resounding no. Egypt’s influence today is somewhere between nil and limited in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Instead of representing a strategic counterweight to Israel, Turkey and Iran as it did or tried to do decades ago, today’s Egypt lives in the shadow of these states. Even tiny Gaza can resist Egypt’s pressure.