Egypt’s Military as the Spearhead of State Capitalism

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/2020/10/26/egypt-s-military-as-spearhead-of-state-capitalism-pub-83010 President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has reinvigorated state capitalism in Egypt through military-led real estate development, industrial hubs, extractive activities, private sector encroachment, and using private investment to recapitalize the...

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Is Cairo Going to War?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/82130 In light of this, Sayigh was asked by a journalist to comment on the warning by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on June 20 that Egyptian forces would intervene in Libya if Turkish-backed forces of the Government of National Accord crossed the Sirte-Jufra frontline. His answers are reproduced...

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Will Egypt’s Military Companies Float?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/2020/04/07/will-egypt-s-military-companies-float-pub-81487 The proposal to list military businesses on the Egyptian Stock Exchange may founder due to issues of transparency, profitability, unfair competition, and legal ambiguity. Read more at original link

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Egypt’s Military Now Controls Much of Its Economy. Is This Wise?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/2019/11/25/egypt-s-military-now-controls-much-of-its-economy.-is-this-wise-pub-80281 The military is woven into almost every part of Egypt’s economy. It runs businesses, produces goods, and manages huge infrastructure projects. What are the consequences of involving a country’s armed forces so deeply in its...

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Owners of the Republic: An Anatomy of Egypt’s Military Economy

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/2019/11/18/owners-of-republic-anatomy-of-egypt-s-military-economy-pub-80325 The Egyptian military’s takeover in 2013 transformed its role in the national economy, turning it into an autonomous actor that can reshape markets and influence government policy setting and investment strategies. Read more at original...

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Alone at the Top in Egypt

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/79562 Official Egyptian responses to civil conflict and political transitions among countries since early 2019 have shown an instinctive preference to help a military strongman to power in Libya and preserve the overriding say of the armed forces in the governing arrangements of Sudan and Algeria. However, a...

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Yezid Sayigh

Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the Syrian crisis, the political role of Arab armies, security sector transformation in Arab transitions, the reinvention of authoritarianism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process. http://carnegieendowment.org/experts/412

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Chasing Egypt’s Economic Tail

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2016/01/21/chasing-egypt-s-economic-tail-pub-62546 A little-noticed decree issued by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the end of November 2015 empowered the agency responsible for managing real estate no longer used by the Egyptian Armed Forces to engage in profit-making enterprises and form...

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The Return of Egypt’s Military Interest Groups

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/62337 On November 29, 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi amended the powers of the Armed Forces Land Projects Agency, which was set up by presidential decree in 1981 to manage the sale of real estate no longer in use by the armed forces. The latest amendment

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Missed Opportunity: The Politics of Police Reform in Egypt and Tunisia

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/03/17/missed-opportunity-politics-of-police-reform-in-egypt-and-tunisia-pub-59391 Snapshot: Police forces and security agencies genuinely accountable to democratically elected civilian authorities have not emerged in either Egypt or Tunisia four years after popular uprisings forced the countries’...

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The Mirage of Egypt’s Regional Role and the Libyan Temptation

Source: Carnegie Endowment Author(s): Yezid Sayigh Original Link: http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/03/05/mirage-of-egypt-s-regional-role-and-libyan-temptation-pub-59250 Much is being made of signs of a reinvigorated Egyptian foreign policy. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s trips to Moscow in 2014 and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s return visit to Cairo in February 2015, during which...

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