Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

Source: Council on Foreign Relations (first published on Foreign Policy) Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/article/sisi-and-erdogan-are-accomplices-coronavirus By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march. Read more at original link

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The Whole World Got Hosni Mubarak Wrong

Source: Council on Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link:  https://www.cfr.org/article/whole-world-got-hosni-mubarak-wrong This article was first published here on ForeignPolicy.com on March 3, 2020.  The eulogies for Egypt’s fourth president focused on his downfall, but history will remember his overlooked accomplishments while in office. Read more at...

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Q&A – “Why Did Egyptian Democratization Fail?” Fourteen Experts Respond

Source: Project on Middle East Democracy Author(s):  Edited by Amy Hawthorne and Andrew Miller; Zeinab Abul-Magd, Khalil Al-Anani, Nagwan Al Ashwal, Abdelrahman Ayyash, Sahar Aziz, Steven Cook, Michele Dunne, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Hafsa Halawa, Shadi Hamid, Michael Hanna, Bahey eldin Hassan, and William Quandt Original Link: ...

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Egypt Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Source: Council on Foreign Relations (originally published on ForeignPolicy.com) Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link:  https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/06/19/egypt-doesnt-matter-anymore-morsi-sisi/ https://www.cfr.org/article/egypt-doesnt-matter-anymore News broke earlier this week that Mohamed Morsi had died in an Egyptian courtroom. To some, the deposed president is now a...

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With Freedom and Justice for Sisi

Source: Council on Foreign Relations Author(S): Steven A Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/freedom-and-justice-sisi This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Friday, March 30, 2018. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has officially been taken into custody for a second term as president of Egypt. The outcome of Egypt’s election this week wasn’t surprising, though in one...

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Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East; The Struggle

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Democracy Is Not the Cure for Terrorism

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/democracy-not-cure-terrorism This article was originally published here in the Atlantic on Thursday, December 21, 2017. A few weeks ago, terrorists laid siege to a mosque in the small town of Bir al-Abd that lies just off the east-west road spanning the northern Sinai Peninsula. They killed...

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The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/tragic-tale-egypts-decline-it-also-story-americas-future This article was originally published here on Salon.com on Sunday, August 27, 2017. Alexandria, Egypt’s second city, was once a cosmopolitan place. Nestled in the eastern Mediterranean at the corner of Africa and the Levant, it...

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Egypt’s Economic Reform: The Good and the Bad

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook, Imran Riffat Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/egypts-economic-reform-good-and-bad Last Friday, many Egyptians and more than a few Egypt watchers in Washington, DC, held their collective breath. November 11 was to be the “Revolution of the Poor,” but the 22 million who live in poverty did not show up in

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Egypt’s Black Market Blues

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/egypts-black-market-blues Just as I was heading out the door yesterday, I received a message from my friend Timothy Kaldas with just two words: “They caved.” I knew exactly what he was referring to. The Central Bank of Egypt determined that it could no longer

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Sisi Wags His Finger

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/sisi-wags-his-finger Is Egypt melting down? It has an insurgency, a currency crisis, a brazen and brutal security apparatus that is sowing dissent, a phony political process, and a leader who has lost his grip. These are, at least, the reasons that have been outlined

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Egypt: Into the Unknown

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/egypt-unknown The Egyptian state is weak. The country’s leaders are in a state of either panic or perpetual confusion. No one is in control. As in the darkest, most contested days of former President Mohammed Morsi’s tenure, Egypt’s failure once again seems plausible. Despite

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