Eric Trager, Washington Institute

As you surely know, yesterday Egyptians voted on a new draft constitution. At first glance, this would seem like cause for great celebration for lovers of democracy and freedom. First, the people rise up and longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak falls. The free elections bring to office an Islamist who seems to indicate a desire to shed his more radical past and move forward in positive, democratic, institution- and peace-building ways. Now a people’s vote on a new constitution. But, of course, this fairy tale may not be playing out as many would have hoped. Where do we believe Egypt is headed — and what does its progress mean for this highly unstable region? Eric Trager is a Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute. (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)