With the ouster of the Morsi government, the United States should formulate a new strategy toward its ally in Cairo that will advance a policy that encourages Egypt not only to transition to representative democratic governance, but also creates a stronger and more inclusive civil society.
A key obstacle to this transformation will be overcoming the Mubarak-era laws targeting and restricting foreign NGO’s.
“The importance of Egypt lifting the NGO law cannot be overstated. Elections, by themselves, do not guarantee a fair, equitable, and sustainable democracy. Moving forward, NGOs can play a key role promoting growth of both effective and transparent democratic institutions and representative political parties.”
By crafting a new policy towards Egypt, one that values civil society growth over military expenditures, we can ensure Cairo does not simply replace one military ruler with another for years to come.