Western Interests, Egyptian Army, Islamists And The Region

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Context
Egypt has been garnering a lot of attention of late and even Syria has taken a back seat. Most of the focus is on its internal situation and scantly on how change in Egypt impacts the region. It is in fact the geopolitical significance of this strategically important nation, located at the intersection of Middle East and Islamic Maghreb (northern Africa), which will determine the direction it is allowed to go in, and not necessarily if majority of the people liked Morsi or not.

The Gulf States for the most part have put their weight behind the Egyptian military and US also appears reluctant to suspend military aid to the country, even after the violent rampage that has left more than 900 people dead in the last couple of days. The EU has taken a harsher line initially but is likely to fall in line later.

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