The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt challenges the pillars of Saudi strategy in the Middle East while posing a dilemma for the United States. The two partners have devised a response whose centerpiece is an understanding with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as to the terms of what amounts to "peaceful coexistence."
Morsi's Egypt is very similar to Mubarak's Egypt. Morsi can enact laws without the legislature, he is in control of the police, in control of the army and in control of foreign affairs and he signs all treaties. There are no checks and balances in the new Egypt -- all power is centralized in the office of the president.
Morsi has a unique opportunity to demonstrate what a fair and democratic leader can do in the region. If we truly believe in the value of democracy, the value of freedom, and the power of the people's voice, we will support Egypt and its new president on their journey towards a free and democratic society.