I'm afraid Egypt will not become a fully functioning, stable democracy, able to stand on its own two feet with a vibrant economy, until the power of the military is broken. For the past 35 years, the US has been the chief enabler of that military, giving it more than a billion every year, in order to maintain peace between Egypt and Israel. I doubt that will change anytime soon.
In the interim, at best, Egypt's military can be a source of stability to prevent civil war.
- Egyptian Army Can Choose Turkish or Algerian Path by Omar Ashour, an Egyptian citizen, and senior lecturer in security studies and Middle East politics at the University of Exeter. He is also a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and author of “The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.”