Events in Egypt have captured the world’s attention, as the army toppled the first elected president in a nation that not only fascinates us for its history, but also which is always key to other events in the Mideast. Writers around the globe are finding in the current unrest clues to understanding other big issues — from America’s response to Middle Eastern problems, to the future of Islamism, to the historical legacy, or lack thereof, of the whole Arab Spring movement. We found these five essays helpful in understanding this unfolding, interesting story; we offer excerpts here.
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