Date of Completion

Spring 5-2-2014

Thesis Advisor(s)

Jeremy Pressman; Jennifer Sterling-Folker

Honors Major

Political Science


The fall of Mubarak changed U.S.-Egypt relations for the first time in over thirty years. As Egypt moved towards democratization, questions of how the United States would react were raised. In the past three years the U.S. has put an undue and atypical amount of pressure on Egypt to democratize quickly, through both its use of rhetoric and aid conditionalities, despite evidence against the advisability of a hastened democratic transition. The United States’ actions have done nothing to bolster civil society in Egypt, and it seems ever more likely that the elections set for July will result in a return to the pre-revolution narrative of military dominated Egyptian politics.