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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New austerity measures could hit Egypt’s most vulnerable hard

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/blog/new-austerity-measures-could-hit-egypts-most-vulnerable-hard Amid socially and economically frustrating conditions due to the pandemic, Egyptians may soon have another trial to weather: more austerity measures. For a people who are already struggling with the effects of the last round of...

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Egypt’s Suez Canal: A ray of light amid the economic gloom

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-suez-canal-ray-light-amid-economic-gloom-0 As the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic began to seep in, it was clear that Egypt’s economy, like that of much of the world, would take one serious hit after another Read more at original link

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Egypt’s Parliament meets to discuss emergency legislation and economic relief

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-parliament-meets-discuss-emergency-legislation-and-economic-relief Egypt’s parliamentarians are going to be trying something new; they’re going to have to sit at least six feet apart, something that doesn’t come naturally to them. The government isn’t taking any chances — MPs’ access to...

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As the coronavirus crisis in Egypt worsens, pressure is building

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/coronavirus-crisis-egypt-worsens-pressure-building COVID-19 may be the ultimate unwelcome visitor. Its arrival was bad news but its stay is even worse and the longer that stay the more pressure it places on its hosts. Read more at original link

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MENA coronavirus update: The region faces an unprecedented crisis

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/mena-coronavirus-update-region-faces-unprecedented-crisis#egypt Egyptian governments have always been sensitive to what might be called the “religion factor.” This has generally meant a certain deference to any matter seen as touching on the religious beliefs or practices of a generally devout...

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Trade, Reform, and Revitalization: Toward a US-Egypt Free Trade Agreement

Source: Middle East Institute   Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/publications/us-egypt-fta A question as to the value of a U.S.-Egypt Free Trade Agreement (FTA) misses the point. The question should not be whether an FTA would be in the interest of both parties since there is abundant evidence that it would. The question is what

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The looming water crisis in Egypt and beyond

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/multimedia/podcast/looming-water-crisis-egypt-and-beyond Water scarcity is a global concern that disproportionately affects the Middle East. Mirette Mabrouk, director of MEI’s Egypt program, joins host Alistair Taylor to discuss steps Egypt has taken to manage its own water resources, and what more...

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