Washington seems to believe that a secular victory in this week's election would be good for U.S. interests, and an Islamist one would be bad. But no matter which party wins, the new Egypt will be less compliant to U.S. demands.
Iran sees the Syrian government as the front line of defense against the United States and Israel. So Tehran is sparing no expense to help its ally fend off popular protests.
Taking a cue from the Egyptian revolution, opposition activists in Iran reinvigorated their beleaguered protest movement on Monday. Could Washington's public support help Iranians face down their regime?
This article appears in the Foreign Affairs/CFR eBook, The New Arab Revolt.