Egypt transitioning, but to what?
February 8th, 2011
02:01 PM ET

Egypt transitioning, but to what?

With protesters still in the streets of Cairo and newly appointed government officials meeting with some opposition leaders, Egypt faces an uncertain future. The outcome will depend largely on the course charted by a transitional government.

Many other countries have been down the path Egypt finds itself on. A popular uprising undermines the authority of a long-standing regime and a period of chaos ensues. Transitional governments often take control and their success at ushering in change varies depending on a multitude of factors.

"In many of these cases, if the military splits or goes against the ruler and helps to bring in some transition with popular support, it still may take a cycle or more to get to an actual democratic regime or to accomplish real change," said Georgia State University political science professor Jennifer McCoy, citing past transitions in Latin American, Eastern Europe and the Philippines.

There is no guaranteed route to success, McCoy said, and often, while there may be some wholesale changes, the people in positions of authority remain at the top in transitional governments. 

“In a case where there is no clear leader or leading group such as in Egypt today that spurred the change, it’s very difficult to predict where it’s going to go."

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  1. Martin

    I pray that the new transitional gov., protects christians better than other parts of the islamic region.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel

    What Egypt needs is a Socialist Revolution like that of China,but that's unlikely now since both Anwar Saddat and Hosni Mubarak had the vast majority of the Communists and Socialists killed during their brutal regimes. However,anything's quite preferable to this Hosni Mubarak now!

    February 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Thank you,Daniel. I couldn't have said it better.

      February 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    @cesar , Hey i got one for ya: 'badges ?we dont need no stinkin badges' its kinda tricky so i wont be picky.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TruthBeTold

    Yes Daniel, because rampant communism is much better than rampant capitalism. People fled communist Russia and Stalin murdered tens of millions of political opponents as did Chinese communists. Funny how China has embraced capitalist ideals now and they are becoming a dominant force in the business world. What do you base your opinion on? Communists are like maggots that pop up in dying countries with the promise of a world for the people only when a communist leader secures power the people starve while those with government jobs are fed. I prefer capitalism held in check by a conscious populous and somewhat competent government. Add a dash of socialism that caters to people who want to succeed or contribute to their country. The able and unwilling can go live under a bridge or homeless shelter. Only the unable should be taken care of. Name one useful invention that has come from a stale communist mind? Those who are allowed to think freely come up with better ideas. I know you won't respond Daniel, because deep down you know I'm right.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Do I really or do you just think that way? Why are so many people in India and Bangla Desh going hungry? And again, why are the Egyptians up in arms right now?

      February 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ernie

    Go for Freedom, not socialist!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ernie

    TrurhBeTold- You are right. Egypt should make a Bill of Rights & become a Free country, exercising itself as captialist to raise the opportunties & standard of living for all.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fightin joe

    truth b told that was spot on!

    February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    @ Truth, well said . I especially agree with you on helping the unable . Im so sicka these people living on our taxes having kids they cant afford while i live paycheck to paycheck workin my butt off to support em.

    February 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shamrock6

    Just ignore these uneducated lemmings here,Daniel. I find it quite dubious that any of them ever got past the seventh grade in school. Besides,if they think that Capitalism is so good,let them go to Zimbabwe!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dan ehrlich

    What’s happening in Egypt and America’s response to it, are examples of the muddled, short sighted and even hypocritical stance the US exhibits in its less than laudable foreign policy since the end of World War 2.

    On the other hand, America’s lack of support for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has other Middle East leaders questioning the reliability of President Obama if similar uprisings occur in their countries. Realistically, however, America’s main concern lies with the major oil producing nations such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

    February 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ernie

    It is a sad but unnessary fact that our fate is closely connected to the middle east. We knew by the 70's that we should be drilling North American oil & building power plants, along with meaningful technology research. But the left in this country won't let us develope energy independance. When the crunch comes, it lays at the feet of left-wingers & the democrats they elect. Get real & drill, drill, drill!

    February 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @raven, that Cesar posting at 4:16 is not me. He is just some monkey. Anyway, I don't know the name of the movie, but it's a great quote.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @Cesar, hi monkey boy. Tu madra es puta.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Gee,now my impostor is using Tea Party lingo in Spanish trying to discredit me and hurt my feelings. Anytime you see that Tea Party lingo posted under my name in either language,you'll know that it's not me!!!

      February 9, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    @Cesar,(4:16 PM) que pasa puto, cabron, jota, perro, como tu pincha padra. I'm not sure socialism is the best way to go.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leeintulsa

    I think everything's gonna be fine.

    February 8, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
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