Egypt’s Coup Requires a Cautious U.S. Response

Washington should maintain ties with Egypt’s new government to help stabilize the country, preserve bilateral military and counterterrorism cooperation, maintain Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, and help protect American interests in the Middle East. A complete cutoff of aid would only increase the risks of greater carnage in Egypt and the Middle East while setting back important foreign policy goals and damaging the reputation of the United States as a reliable ally. Washington should attach strong conditions to its aid but should not unilaterally pull the plug as long as Egypt’s army remains committed to holding elections and satisfying those conditions.

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