Wednesday 7 August 2013

On The Terms Of Any Potential Political Settlement In Egypt

From a purely technical point of view, everyone knows what the terms of any political settlement in Egypt would revolve around. They would include: confidence building measures, safety from at least any politically-driven prosecution, return of Islamist shut down media or allowing the creation of alternatives, toning down the rhetoric in the private media, Morsi's release, guarantees of involvement of Islamists in political life and the roadmap (potentially with minor discussions over the roadmap). Question is: does either side want this, and whether or not they could sell this to their crowds. Until then, each side will try to find a breaking point or improve his bargaining power. And we all know what will happen in the meanwhile.

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