US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on her first visit to Egypt's new president-elect, Mohammad Morsi, arriving to a country undergoing a messy transition from decades of (US-backed) dictatorship. It's part of a learning process for the US, reports BBC, as Washington starts dealing with political groups it had shunned in the past.
Talking about turning a page: Hosni Mubarak, the man Clinton once considered a "family friend", is in jail, in his place an Islamist once jailed by the former regime. Of course, not everything has changed. The military still holds a lot of power and is expected to guarantee a high degree of continuity in Egypt's defense and foreign policy.
Even so, the new Egypt is going to be a considerably less predictable partner than Mubarak. Can the US work with Egypt's Islamists without compromising its strategic interests in the country?
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