The US-Egypt Political-Military Relationship: A Critical Assessment

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Charles Dunne

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The US-Egypt relationship, once a cornerstone of American security and foreign policy in the Middle East, is in trouble.

True, it is hard to tell from the headlines. To President Trump, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has “done a fantastic job” and  the two countries “have very special things happening, as our relationship has never been stronger.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo avows that “the US-Egypt relationship is one of our deepest and broadest partnerships in the region.” For his part, Sisi proclaims he “very much admire[s] President Trump” and that, under Trump’s leadership, “the United States has regained its weight in the region and its role … We are completely supporting and cooperating with President Trump on this.”

But while the friendly rhetoric is as warm as ever, the political-military transactionalism that underlies the relationship is cooling off.

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