Four years after the start of the so-called Arab Spring, the US is back to business as usual with a military regime in Egypt.
With the shared regional threat of the Islamic State and a nuclear Iran, some top Israeli security officials say now's the time for peace talks with Israel's moderate neighbors.
Space for dissent in Egypt is shrinking fast, as impunity for the powerful appears to be, once again, on the rise.
Former President Mubarak was cleared of criminal charges related to the uprising that unseated him in 2011. As young activists filled Tahrir Square at the time, few imagined that just three years later a new military regime would again chain the press and civil society.
A slew of ruling by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, have turned the clock back to the Mubarak era. On Friday, at least 31 Egyptian soldiers died in Sinai attacks blamed on militants.
Former President Hosni Mubarak was given a three-year jail sentence for embezzling $17 million. But Egypt's current elite, largely identical to its old one, is unlikely to stop using the government for personal enrichment.