Tensions Between Democratic Legitimacy, Individual Rights Playing Out in Egypt

KPBS — In response to escalating violence in Egypt, president Barack Obama has canceled scheduled joint military exercises with that country. The president says our traditional cooperation, which in years past has included marine units from Camp Pendleton, cannot continue while civilians are being killed in the streets. Today, opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood were urged to form neighborhood watches in Egyptian cities to prevent the brotherhood from burning churches and government buildings. The estimated deaths this weekend are more than 500. Is this a collapse of the promised Arab Spring or the terrible growing pains of a new democracy in Egypt?

Avi Spiegel, assistant professor of political science and international relations at the University of San Diego, was a guest on the Aug. 15 KPBS Midday Show regarding the effects of the current violence in Egypt.

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