Positive Economic Growth in Egypt Belies Mounting Problems

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Gregory Aftandilian Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/positive-economic-growth-in-egypt-belies-mounting-problems/ Egypt has received high marks from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for carrying out a series of difficult economic reforms and for its success as an emerging market. However, such positive trends mask a deeply...

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Saudi-Emirati-Egyptian Alliance Steering US Middle East Policy

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles W. Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/saudi-emirati-egyptian-alliance-steering-us-middle-east-policy/ The landscape of regional politics in the Middle East is in many ways more fluid than ever before, brought on, in large measure, by disorganized policymaking in Washington. Former President Barack Obama started the...

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Sudan’s Military: Following Egypt’s Playbook?

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Gregory Aftandilian Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/sudans-military-following-egypts-playbook/ The recent violent crackdown on demonstrators in Khartoum by Sudan’s military and its suspension of talks with the civilian protest leadership have many parallels with Egypt’s tumultuous summer of 2013. It is also probably not a...

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Egypt’s New Constitutional Amendments: Moving Toward Totalitarianism

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-new-constitutional-amendments-moving-toward-totalitarianism/ The votes are in, the results have been tallied, and the outcome—never in doubt—is clear: government-proposed changes to Egypt’s 2014 constitution, rushed through parliament to ensure possibly the virtual rule for...

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The US-Egypt Political-Military Relationship: A Critical Assessment

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/the-us-egypt-political-military-relationship-a-critical-assessment/ The US-Egypt relationship, once a cornerstone of American security and foreign policy in the Middle East, is in trouble. True, it is hard to tell from the headlines. To President Trump, Egyptian President...

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How Principled is US Realism in the Middle East?

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/how-principled-is-us-realism-in-the-middle-east/ “One of the most complex set of challenges we face, and have for many years, is in the Middle East. Our approach is based on principled realism—not discredited theories that have failed for decades to yield progress.” With these...

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Proposed Amendments to the Egyptian Constitution: Enshrining Autocracy

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Policy Analysis Unit Original Link: https://www.dohainstitute.org/en/PoliticalStudies/Pages/Proposed-Amendments-to-the-2014-Egyptian-Constitution-Consolidating-Autocracy.aspx On 13 and 14 February 2019, The Egyptian parliament voted in favor — 485 against 16 with one abstention — of amending the constitution. The proposal was submitted by 155...

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The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum Reinforces Current Regional Dynamics

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Joe Macaron Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/the-eastern-mediterranean-gas-forum-reinforces-current-regional-dynamics/ On January 14, the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) was inaugurated in Cairo, triggering the region’s official transition from oil dependence to the era of gas production. The ongoing...

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The Aftermath of Egypt’s 2018 Presidential Election: Stormy Weather Ahead

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Charles W. Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/the-aftermath-of-egypts-2018-presidential-election-stormy-weather-ahead/ The Egyptian presidential election of March 2018 posed a simple challenge for incumbent President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. He needed a convincing victory (by authoritarian standards) against superficially...

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Egypt’s Presidential Elections and the Challenges Ahead

Source: Arab Center Washington Institute Author(s): Charles Dunne Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/egypts-presidential-elections-and-the-challenges-ahead/ The presidential election in Egypt will take place March 26-28, and it is widely understood that the serving president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, will be the winner. In the midst of an ongoing crackdown on opposition and an...

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