Sisi Intensifies Arms Imports to Secure External Support for His Policies

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil Al-Anani

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Egypt has become the third largest arms importer in the world, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The institute’s “Trends in International Arms Transfers” report reveals that Egypt’s imports of major arms increased in volume by 136 percent from the periods 2011-2015 to 2016-2020. Over the past decade, Egypt spent approximately $44 billion on defense and national security. Since seizing power in 2014, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has concluded arms deals with major countries including France, Germany, Italy, the United States, and Russia. With at least one third of Egypt’s population living below the poverty line, Sisi’s unprecedented military spending raises questions about its purposes, priorities, and objectives.

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