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Topic - Marina Ottaway
Russia, which has provided military and political support key to the Syrian regime, acknowledged for the first time on Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control and the rebels may win the civil war that has dragged on for 21 months and claimed an estimated 40,000 lives.
The election of Egypt's first Islamist president poses a challenge for the Obama administration, which is grappling with the reality of embracing a leader whose worldview often has been at odds with Washington.
"The Obama administration is rushing to establish some credibility concerning its support of democracy," Ms. Ottaway said, noting that the U.S. reaction to a questionable Egyptian election on November had been muted.
"But keep in mind that we do not see clearly how far the administration is willing to go," Ms. Ottaway said.