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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Sisi’s Struggle for Egypt

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/sisis-struggle-egypt I have always wondered why leaders of foreign countries feel the need to publish opinion pieces in American newspapers of record. Who exactly are they trying to influence? The folks at the White House, the State Department, the Pentagon, the Treasury, and the

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Whatever is the Matter With Egypt? Nothing All That New

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/whatever-matter-egypt-nothing-all-new My friend Hisham Melham, Al Arabiya’s Washington bureau chief, dean of the Beltway-based Arab press corps, farmer, and intellectual with few peers, wrote a piece that appeared over the weekend called “Whatever is the matter with Egypt?” It is a terrific...

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“Is Egypt Stable?”

Source: Council On Foreign Relations Author(s): Steven A. Cook Original Link: https://www.cfr.org/blog/egypt-stable I do not know how many times over how many months that question has been put to my colleagues and me at an endless number of panel discussions, roundtables, hearings, and meetings with our friends in government. It is actually a question more about durability—will

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