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."
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