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Topic - Samer Shehata
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's power grab presents a unique opportunity for the Obama administration to take a firm position on what the United States will tolerate from post-Arab Spring governments, foreign-policy analysts say.
The power struggle that has pitted Egypt's first democratically elected president against his country's courts and military has drifted into murky legal waters, leaving analysts, officials and ordinary Egyptians scratching their heads over the question: who has the law on their side?
"The military is known for its incredible hierarchy and giving orders, while politics is supposed to be about give and take," said Samer Shehata, a Middle East expert at the University of Oklahoma. "Can you imagine someone legitimately criticizing the president in this context?"
Samer Shehata, who teaches Arab politics at Georgetown University, said the U.S. "should not be quiet or silent about moves that threaten a democratic transition to democracy."