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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Red lines and rising tensions in Libya

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-red-lines-and-rising-tensions-libya On July 18, Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) moved its fighters and 200 vehicles eastwards from Misrata along the Mediterranean coast toward the town of Tawergha, about a third of the way to Sirte. Egyptian...

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Egypt’s sizeable informal economy complicates its pandemic response

Source:  Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-sizeable-informal-economy-complicates-its-pandemic-response Trying to gauge the effects of the pandemic on Egypt’s economy is like watching a pipe slowly drip water on the ceiling. You have no way of knowing how bad it’s going to be, but you can tell it’s bad news and getting worse by the day. Read

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Egypt’s potential perfect storm: Pandemic, recession, returnees, and remittance losses

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-potential-perfect-storm-pandemic-recession-returnees-and-remittance-losses Last December looked particularly rosy for Egypt’s minister of manpower, Mohamed Saafan. Egypt’s unemployment rate, which had been steadily falling since 2016, was at 7.8 percent, the lowest level in 30 years...

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