Egypt

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Should the United States continue to provide economic aid to Egypt?

The Egyptian uprising presents a rare opportunity for the United States to resolve the tension between its strategic priorities in the Middle East and its desire to support democratic change in the region. Washington's past approach to aiding Egypt was based on relations with authoritarian leaders who could be counted on to advance the United States' interests. With the fall of Hosni Mubarak and Egyptian efforts to build a more open political system, a policy based on "authoritarian stability" is no longer possible, and the United States is now forced to alter the way it appropriates and distributes bilateral assistance.

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Interview

Egypt's Struggle for Power

Marina Ottaway interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

In an interview with CFR.org, Middle East expert Marina Ottaway discusses the political dynamics behind the struggle for power in Egypt between Islamist and secular parties.

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Video

Egypt's Power Struggle: Three Things to Know

Speaker: Ed Husain

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has taken extensive new powers for himself. CFR's Ed Husain highlights three underlying issues at the core of Egypt's power struggle.

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Op-Ed

Morsi's Miscalculation

Author: Steven A. Cook
Daily Beast

Steven A. Cook says, "This is a critical moment in Egypt's transition; Morsi and his colleagues would do well to recognize that, rescind the decrees, and commit themselves to the democratic process. At this point, it is the only way for the Brothers to burnish their revolutionary credentials."

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Must Read

TIME: The Agents of Outrage

Author: Bobby Ghosh

In the wake of the deadly attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, Bobby Ghosh writes that the newly-formed democratic governments which replaced long-standing dictatorships, as a result of the Arab Spring, has contributed to greater instability and a more chaotic and unstable Middle East.

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