Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan: A new partnership 30 years in the making?

Source: Brookings Author(s): Bruce Riedel and Katherine Harvey Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2021/07/02/egypt-iraq-and-jordan-a-new-partnership-30-years-in-the-making/ In April, the news that Iraq was mediating between longtime rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran captivated Middle East watchers. Iraq’s new role as a Saudi-Iran intermediary comes as the Saudis have...

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Policy and Institutional Responses to COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa: Egypt

Source: Brookings Author(s): Robert P. Beschel Jr. Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/policy-and-institutional-responses-to-covid-19-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-egypt/ The Egyptian government implemented a nationwide lockdown and social distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19 starting in March 2020. The highest levels of the central government were...

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Combatting injustice from abroad: the diaspora’s role in transitional justice in Egypt

Source: Brookings Author(s): Ahmed Mefreh Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/combatting-injustice-from-abroad-the-diasporas-role-in-transitional-justice-in-egypt/ The Egyptian diaspora community has increasingly become the first line of defense for victims of human rights violations in Egypt. Since a state-led transitional justice process is not possible in the present context...

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The needed reset for the US-Egypt relationship

Source: Brookings Author(s): Tamara Cofman Wittes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/09/10/the-needed-reset-for-the-us-egypt-relationship Yesterday afternoon, I testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa about Egyptian politics and the U.S.-Egypt relationship. My full testimony is available here; below are some...

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The controversy over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

Source: Brookings Author(s): John Mukum Mbaku Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2020/08/05/the-controversy-over-the-grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam/ Recently, the tensions among Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on the Blue Nile have escalated, particularly after Ethiopia announced that it had started filling the GERD’s...

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Egypt, COVID-19, and the economy: A combustible mix?

Source: Brookings Author(s): Geneive Abdo Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/egypt-covid-19-and-the-economy-a-combustible-mix/ Egyptians, known throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for their flamboyant Ramadan celebrations, are experiencing a more subdued month of fasting this year. If the lack of merriment were the only casualty in the time of COVID-19, it...

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Hosni Mubarak’s risk-averse reign brought Egypt to calamity

Source: Brookings Author(s): Tamara Cofman Wittes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2020/02/25/hosni-mubaraks-risk-averse-reign-brought-egypt-to-calamity/ On my first day as an Obama administration deputy assistant secretary of state in November 2009, I sat down with my boss Jeff Feltman and his principal deputy Ron Schlicher for a meeting. “What are your...

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Addisu Lashitew

Addisu Lashitew is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He has previously held postdoctoral researcher positions at Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Simon Fraser University (Canada). Lashitew’s research interest spans various topics in development economics, including firm growth and productivity, resource...

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Why Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan should ditch a rushed, Washington-brokered Nile Treaty

Source: Brookings Author(s): Addisu Lashitew Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2020/02/18/why-ethiopia-egypt-and-sudan-should-ditch-a-rushed-washington-brokered-nile-treaty/ The ambitious Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a point of contention among Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan in recent years. The GERD is now 70 percent complete and its reservoir...

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Beijing calling: Assessing China’s growing footprint in North Africa

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar and Anna L. Jacobs Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/beijing-calling-assessing-chinas-growing-footprint-in-north-africa/ As the United States slowly disengages from the Middle East, and as Europe faces internal challenges, a new actor is quietly exerting greater influence across North Africa. China has been strategically...

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The new geopolitics of the Middle East: America’s role in a changing region

Source: Brookings Author(s): Jeffrey Feltman, Samantha Gross, Martin Indyk, Kemal Kirişci, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, Amanda Sloat, Angela Stent, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Bruce Jones Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-new-geopolitics-of-the-middle-east-americas-role-in-a-changing-region/ DIRECTOR’S SUMMARY The perception of U.S. withdrawal from the Middle...

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On Jamal Khashoggi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Tamara Cofman Wittes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/10/19/on-jamal-khashoggi-the-muslim-brotherhood-and-saudi-arabia/ In recent days, stories have appeared highlighting Jamal Khashoggi’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and arguing, as one put it, that “in truth, Khashoggi never had much time for western-style...

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