Sisi Builds a Green Zone for Egypt

Source: Carnegie Endowment For International Peace Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/11/27/sisi-builds-green-zone-for-egypt-pub-77803 Egypt’s new administrative capital, currently under construction—and tentatively named Wedian, which means “desert valleys”— represents concretely where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been trying to take his country...

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Egypt: Security, Human Rights, and Reform

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michelle Dunne Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/07/25/egypt-security-human-rights-and-reform-pub-76916 Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member Deutch, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for inviting me to testify. While Egypt is not in the headlines these days, there are important and worrying developments in security, economy...

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Losing Egypt to Russia Isn’t the Real Problem—but Collapse Is – The National Interest

Source: POMED Author(s): Andrew Miller and Michele Dunne Original Link: https://pomed.org/losing-egypt-to-russia-isnt-the-real-problem-but-collapse-is-the-national-interest/ In a July 20, 2018 article for The National Interest, “Losing Egypt to Russia Isn’t the Real Problem—but Collapse Is,” POMED’s Deputy Director for Policy Andrew Miller and Carnegie’s Middle East Program Director Michele...

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Manufacturing Consent

Source: Carnegie Middle East Centre Author(s): Michele Dunne and Katherine Pollock Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/75939 Having eliminated all serious opponents for his reelection bid, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was effectively running against his own declared popularity. A first round of Egypt’s presidential election was held on March 26–28, and may be followed by a second...

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Why Sisi Seems Worried

Source: Carnegie Middle East Centre Author (s): Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/75509 So far, 2018 has brought a host of challenges for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, and it looks as though things will only get tougher for him in the coming weeks, before the presidential election in March. Sisi’s first challenge is to be revalidated to begin

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What’s Human is Right

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/74941 Some Egyptian visitors to Washington asked me recently what could be done to avoid persistent “miscommunication” between Egyptians and Americans about human rights. I replied that this was not a question of miscommunication, but rather of a genuine and longstanding difference. Americans and...

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Egypt: Human Rights, Seven Years After the Revolution

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/12/06/egypt-human-rights-seven-years-after-revolution-pub-74923 Co-chairmen and members of the Commission, thank you for inviting me to testify. You have heard from the other witnesses about the shocking and unprecedented human rights abuses in Egypt since the 2013 military coup. I will offer...

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The United States’ Assistance for Egypt

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/04/25/united-states-assistance-for-egypt-pub-68756 Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Leahy, Subcommittee members, thank you for this opportunity to address the subcommittee. The problem for United States’ assistance to Egypt is precisely this: how can the United States best support an important...

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A Seesaw for Sisi in Washington

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/68656 The April 9 killing of 49 Coptic Christian worshippers in two suicide bombings in Tanta and Alexandria was generally portrayed in media outlets as a setback for Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after a triumphant week when he visited the United States. But while the terrorist attacks...

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It’s time to take a hard look at the U.S. relationship with Egypt

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Robert Kagan, Michele Dunne Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/04/05/its-time-to-take-a-hard-look-at-the-u-s-relationship-with-egypt/ Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi will be celebrated in Washington on Monday as a major ally in the fight against terrorism and radical Islamic extremism, as well as a supporter of U.S. efforts...

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Egypt’s Secular Political Parties: A Struggle for Identity and Independence

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Michele Dunne, Amr Hamzawy Original Link: http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/03/31/egypt-s-secular-political-parties-struggle-for-identity-and-independence-pub-68482 Snapshot: Secular political parties in Egypt have always been caught between an overbearing state and a largely Islamist opposition. The brief, chaotic political opening from 2011 to 2013...

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