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As Egypt's presidential election presents extraordinary challenges, GlobalPost offers this continuing series to shed light on how the country will move forward under its first-ever civilian head of state and how the soon-to-be-drafted constitution will protect civil rights in a new Egypt. 

Shadi Hamid: The "trade-offs" of democracy

Brookings analyst says U.S. must accept Egyptian system "is not going to look the way we want it to."

“If they want to do things that we think are really bad, then that’s sort of what democracy’s all about,” said Hamid, who is the research director at the Brookings Doha Center.