Monday Briefing | Egypt: Misfortunes never come singly

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-egypt-misfortunes-never-come-singly There’s a proverb in Egyptian colloquial Arabic that translates loosely as “You can withstand one knock to the head, but two is difficult.” Last week, Egypt had to struggle with two major incidents, one of them in an extremely public manner...

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Reports of an Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement have been greatly exaggerated

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-israel-and-iran-take-their-clandestine-war-sea Recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about a possible upgrade in ties with Egypt have sparked yet another furious round of conjecture about a possible Egypt-Turkey rapprochement. President Erdoğan noted that...

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The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Policy Recommendations for a Sustainable Way Forward

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk and various other experts Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/biden-administration-and-middle-east-policy-recommendations-sustainable-way-forward As Joe Biden enters office his administration faces an overwhelming domestic agenda and myriad foreign policy challenges. Reinforcing relations with European allies and...

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2021 Preview: Looking to 2021 as a year of recovery

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/2021-preview-looking-2021-year-recovery The pandemic landed Egypt squarely in a quagmire in 2020, along with much of the rest of the world. However, its ability to drag itself out will depend almost entirely on its own governance and how it chooses to tackle the raft of institutional problems...

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2020 Year in Review

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/2020-year-review A look back at the year’s most important developments with analysis from Paul Salem, Alex Vatanka, Randa Slim, Gerald Feierstein, Gonul Tol, Jonathan M. Winer, Khaled Elgindy, Marvin G. Weinbaum, Mirette F. Mabrouk, Grace Wermenbol, Syed Mohammad Ali, Robert S. Ford, and...

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Geopolitics and human rights in the spotlight as President Sisi visits France

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-end-intra-gcc-dispute-headline-or-hype As timings for state visits go, this one could have been a little better. On Dec. 6 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi visited France on an official state visit, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.  Read more at...

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Monday Briefing: The reverberations of the US election in the Middle East

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-reverberations-us-election-middle-east It isn’t much of a secret that Egypt’s government probably would have preferred President Donald Trump to remain in the White House for another four years. Relations under former President Barack Obama were stiltingly formal and not helped...

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Rethinking Egypt’s Economy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk, Samer Atallah, Sherif Kamel, Sarah El Battouty, Deborah Lehr, Yasser Elnaggar, Abla Abdel-Latif Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/rethinking-egypts-economy Egypt is not alone in having been knocked into a pit by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will have to dig itself out on its own. However, if Egypt is...

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Election 2020: Challenges and Opportunities for US Policy in the Middle East

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/sites/default/files/2020-09/Egypt.pdf The Middle East is going through one of the most unstable periods in its recent history. This instability goes well beyond the current triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the related economic contraction, and the collapse of energy prices. Each...

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Gridlock as GERD talks continue

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-constitutional-committee-talks-highlight-syrias-spiraling-covid-crisis This week sees the latest of an apparently interminable set of meetings between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This round is part of an initiative sponsored by the...

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The dimming prospects for GERD talks

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-lebanons-moment-reckoning During the long-drawn-out negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Sudan has traditionally been perceived as the most easy-going of the parties, as compared to Egypt and Ethiopia. However, apparently there are limits to even the...

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Monday Briefing: GERD talks continue, but political will is still lacking

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-gerd-talks-continue-political-will-still-lacking It’s never a good sign when negotiators differ on the desired outcomes of negotiations. Last week, hours after an African Union (AU) sponsored summit on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)...

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