Egypt's leaders must not only overcome a deep division within Egyptian society but also an equally challenging divide between the perception of Egypt inside and outside of the country. While the move to depose President Muhammad Morsi was widely supported by the public, the Muslim Brotherhood and its sympathizers objected to the move, and they did so loudly and publicly. As time has passed, the developments have only deepened the division in Egyptian society. The opposition camp is likely a minority - perhaps at most one-quarter of the society. Nevertheless, the task of national reconciliation is urgent.
Paper produced within the framework of the IAI-GMF strategic partnership.