Since the Arab Spring uprising, Egypt’s economy has deteriorated. The country’s most immediate crisis is a foreign reserve shortage. Stocks of the country’s foreign currency reserves have fallen to dangerous lows, and the Egyptian pound has been in a free fall since New Year’s Day after a new currency regime was instituted. The Central Bank’s nearly two-year action to prop up the pound has drained its foreign reserve coffers, and traditional sources of foreign currency have been severely reduced since the revolution. This means that soon Egypt may not have the money to buy basic food and fuel from abroad.