Source: Brookings Institute
Author(s): Tamara Cofman Wittes
On Tuesday, President Obama called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and conveyed news of long-brewing decisions in the Obama administration regarding U.S. military aid to Egypt – including the release of some long-withheld arms that Egypt desperately wants. The announcement, like most U.S. policy pronouncements on Egypt in recent years, is likely to satisfy nobody— and, also like other such pronouncements, it does not suggest that the administration has a coherent approach to this geostrategic country. For close observers of the role of military aid in the U.S.-Egyptian relationship, however, the decision is more significant than it seems— not an unvarnished “win” for Sissi, but one that presents him an opportunity….
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