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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Islamist parties in North Africa: A comparative analysis of Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt

Source: Brookings Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar and Bill Hess Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/islamists-parties-in-north-africa-a-comparative-analysis-of-morocco-tunisia-and-egypt/ In 2010-2011, popular uprisings in North Africa created an unprecedented opening for opposition groups from across the political spectrum to finally take part in governing their respective...

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Africa in the World Cup: Building Cohesion Through the World’s Most Watched Sport

Source: Brookings Institute  Author(s): Karim Foda and Mariama Sow Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2018/06/13/africa-in-the-world-cup-building-cohesion-through-the-worlds-most-watched-sport/ The World Cup, which starts this week, is the most-watched sporting event in the world, having reached more than 3 billion people in 2014. This year, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria...

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Egypt’s Population: Boom or Bust?

Source: Brookings Author(s): Omer Karasapan and Sajjad Shah Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2018/05/22/egypts-population-boom-then-bust/ Egypt’s worrying population boom fails to generate the same headline attention as terrorist attacks, the impact of economic reforms on the poor, the country’s hyper-constrained politics, or accusations of human rights...

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Egypt’s long-term stability and the role of the European Union

Source: Brookings Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/03/01/egypts-long-term-stability-and-the-role-of-the-european-union/ In Europe, the combination of the migration crisis, terrorist threats, economic pressures, and the rise of the populist far-right have highlighted the fact that instability in the Middle East has a direct bearing...

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