Egypt's New President Likely to Befriend Iran

Egypt's new president will seek closer ties with Iran, but only to balance American power.

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As Egypt enters what could be a decade of political instability, Cordesman says patience in Washington will be key.

"The U.S. must realize that...no matter what we do, we can't make an instant democracy work," says Cordesman. "The U.S. must compromise. The U.S. can't favor security over human rights, or vice versa. The U.S. cannot try and put on too much pressure from the outside."

John T. Bennett covers national security and foreign policy for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact him at jbennett@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter.

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