Yesterday marked a historic day in Egypt as the country’s parliament met for the first time since former President Hosni Mubarak stepped down nearly a year ago. Broadcast live on Egyptian television, the opening session of parliament marks a step forward in Egypt’s political transition, a transition with an ambitious calendar of more elections and constitution drafting in the coming months, just as the country’s economic troubles mount.
In the past year the Obama administration responded fairly nimbly to the fast-moving events in Egypt. But 2012 will present even more challenges to advancing a policy in Egypt that balances the complexities of offering support for Egypt’s political and economic transitions while advancing U.S. security interests for stability in the broader region.
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