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Reuters: How the Muslim Brotherhood Lost Egypt

Authors: Edmund Blair, Paul Taylor, and Tom Perry

"Egypt's Islamists may draw the bitter lesson that the "deep state" will not let them wield real power, even with a democratic mandate. This report, compiled from interviews with senior Muslim Brotherhood and secular politicians, youth activists, military officers and diplomats, examines four turning points on Egypt's revolutionary road: the Brotherhood's decision to seek the presidency; the way Mursi pushed through the constitution; the failures of the secular opposition; and the military's decision to step in."

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The Democracy-Elections Trap in Egypt

Author: Leslie H. Gelb
Daily Beast

The Obama team wants a quick return to democracy in Egypt, but if that means hasty elections again, the result won't be a real democracy, writes Leslie H. Gelb.

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Egypt’s Financial High Noon

Author: Isobel Coleman
Foreign Policy

Isobel Coleman writes that while it is widely recognized that food and fuel subsidies in Egypt are expensive and inefficient, Egyptian leaders do not want to touch the political third rail of subsidy reform. But they also realize that the country's fiscal situation is untenable without it. Sooner or later, serious subsidy reform is inevitable, and a well-planned process is preferable to the alternative.

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