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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Inequality of Opportunity in Egypt

Source: Brookings Institute Author: Javid Salehi-Isfahani Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2017/07/25/inequality-of-opportunity-in-egypt/ It is rare to read an account of the Arab Spring uprisings without a reference to economic injustice. Indeed, it is natural to believe that economic and social injustice fuel, if not cause, all revolutions. For this plausible...

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

Source: Brookings Institute 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/  Summary: This paper examines key factors threatening Egypt’s long term stability. It explores the issues of demographics, unemployment, climate change, economic reform, and insurgency in Sinai...

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Egypt’s IMF program: Assessing the political economy challenges

Source: Brookings Author(s): Bessma Momani Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/egypts-imf-program-assessing-the-political-economy-challenges/ Snapshot: On November 11, 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Egypt signed a $12 billion loan agreement with the aim of “addressing macroeconomic vulnerabilities and promoting inclusive growth and job creation.”[1] Prior to the...

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Egypt mosque attack: New level of horror in decades-long struggle to control Sinai

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Beverley Milton-Edwards Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/egypt-mosque-attack-new-level-of-horror-in-decades-long-struggle-to-control-sinai/ The bomb-and-gun attack in Egypt’s north Sinai on Friday November 24 is now known to have killed more than 300 worshippers at a Sufi-affiliated mosque, making it the deadliest attack in modern...

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