1. Diplomacy

    U.S. Engages Muslim Brotherhood

    Egyptians men sit outside a polling station in Minya, some 350 kms south of Cairo, during the third and final round of landmark parliamentary elections on January 3, 2012. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    As the Muslim Brotherhood looks like it may win a majority in Egypt's Parliament, the Obama administration has begun to make diplomatic overtures, including through recent high-level meetings. The shift in policy is partly an acknowledgment of the Brotherhood's new political power and partly the result of frustration with Egypt's military rulers, who have continued to use deadly force against protesters as they seek to hold on to power. But the U.S. isn't done working with Egypt's military yet, and hasn't threatened to take away the $1.3 billion in military aid it gives Egypt each year.

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