"There is very much a sense that Morsi might be taking the Mubarak path," says Brian Ulrich, an assistant professor of history at Shippensburg University.
Just months after taking office the Egyptian people are asking the country's first elected President, Mohammed Morsi, to back down after he expanded his authority.
"By taking these broad sweeping powers he is essentially confirming a lot of people's worst fears about what the Muslim Brotherhood could represent politically," explains Ulrich.
Morsi was instrumental in negotiating a peace order between Israel and the Palestinians. Historically, Egypt has played an active role in the region.
"It's easily the largest Arab state," says Ulrich. "It's right on Israel's border. It has a peace treaty with Israel that allows them to talk to both sides. So, I can't see Egypt not playing a role."
While the United States has economic and diplomatic interests in the Middle East, Ulrich says he doesn't foresee the U.S. getting involved, at least militarily.
"I don't see that as something that would happen in the foreseeable future because Israel has demonstrated that they can take care of themselves."
Ulrich says the only scenario he can imagine the U.S. getting involved in the Gaza conflict is if chemical or nuclear weapons are used against Israel.