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Egypt as a Regional Non-Power

Nov. 16, 2016 Domestic political and economic problems have constrained the country’s influence over other Arab states.

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After long being the center of the Arab cultural and political world, Egypt’s power and influence has declined in recent decades. Since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, which was led by the urban middle class, the country’s regional status has taken a major hit. Furthermore, domestic political and economic issues now constrain Egypt’s once-dominant position. Cairo is no longer able to fend for its own political economy – a situation that is unlikely to be reversed in the foreseeable future.

Once the leader of the Arab world and a major player in the Middle East, Egypt now struggles to maintain domestic stability in large part due to a struggling economy.
The current government faces no challenges from any opposition movement; however, the regime is a threat to itself. For decades, the authoritarian republic’s stability kept chronic economic woes in check; now, they are getting out of hand in the wake of autocratic meltdown.
While Egypt won’t collapse, i

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