Just almost a year ago, the AU did what appeared to be impossible in standing by its rules and suspending Egypt from active membership. At the time I wrote my first AU v. Egypt piece, noting that in so doing the AU broke ranks from the rest of the international community and affirmed the equal application of its norms to members, big and small. After a year of wrestling involving campaigning by Egypt and the AU defending its position, Egypt is now back to the AU fold and this seems to have settled the AU v. Egypt yearlong struggle. I ask in this last installment of Egypt v AU, the question of at what cost? While in ordinary course of events, as seen with the reinstatement of Madagascar and Guinea-Bissau, this would have been considered as marking progress, in this piece I look at why that is not the case with respect to Egypt.

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