How likely is it that the Muslim Brotherhood will abandon its official nonviolent stance?

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Shadi Hamid, William McCants Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/06/15/how-likely-is-it-that-the-egyptian-brotherhood-will-abandon-its-official-nonviolent-stance-by-2017-or-2020/ We recently put a set of questions to ten expert contributors participating in our Rethinking Political Islam initiative. (See here for the list of...

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De-securitizing counterterrorism in the Sinai Peninsula

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Sahar Aziz Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/de-securitizing-counterterrorism-in-the-sinai-peninsula/ Overview: On October 22, 2016, a senior Egyptian army officer was killed in broad daylight outside his home in a Cairo suburb.[1]The former head of security forces in North Sinai was allegedly murdered for demolishing homes and killing a...

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Could the latest blunder by Egypt’s Sissi be the nail in his coffin?

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Sarah Yerkes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/04/25/could-the-latest-blunder-by-egypts-sissi-be-the-nail-in-his-coffin/ Today, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is witnessing the most vocal and angry objection to his rule since he took power via a military coup in 2013. Across Cairo and beyond, Egyptians are gathering and...

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It’s time to take a hard look at the U.S. relationship with Egypt

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Robert Kagan, Michele Dunne Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/04/05/its-time-to-take-a-hard-look-at-the-u-s-relationship-with-egypt/ Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi will be celebrated in Washington on Monday as a major ally in the fight against terrorism and radical Islamic extremism, as well as a supporter of U.S. efforts...

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Egypt is Trump country

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Shadi Hamid Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2017/04/04/egypt-is-trump-country/ In one of his first acts in office, President Donald Trump phoned his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi. The symbolism was telling: Sissi wasn’t just another Arab autocrat but one of the region’s most repressive. The Trump-Sissi mutual...

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Postcard from Egypt during Christmas

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Sahar Aziz Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/postcard-from-egypt-during-christmas/ After a divisive presidential election year with the purported threat of terrorism from the Middle East dominating the news cycle, spending Christmas in Egypt was refreshing. Completely contradicting the xenophobic stereotypes of Arabs as violent and...

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Egyptian economic policy: See no evil, hear no evil

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/10/11/egyptian-economic-policy-see-no-evil-hear-no-evil/ The Egyptian government appears to be on the verge of further devaluing the pound. President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi met with the governor of the country’s central bank Amer last week to give political cover to the move...

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Who are the 5 million refugees and immigrants in Egypt?

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Omer Karasapan Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/future-development/2016/10/04/who-are-the-5-million-refugees-and-immigrants-in-egypt/ For some time now, Egyptian officials at the highest level have been pointedly underlining a growing refugee and migrant challenge. At the G-20 meeting in September 2016, President Sisi stated that Egypt was...

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Youth unemployment in Egypt: A ticking time bomb

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/07/29/youth-unemployment-in-egypt-a-ticking-time-bomb/ Earlier this week, a satirical Facebook post announced that the Egyptian Army engineers have developed an Egyptian dollar to combat the continued rise of the U.S. dollar. The new and improved $100 note features Egyptian...

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Educated but unemployed: The challenge facing Egypt’s youth

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/educated-but-unemployed-the-challenge-facing-egypts-youth/ Introduction and Context  As the events of the so-called Arab Spring unfolded, a wave of optimism surged through the region. Following the example of their Tunisian counterparts, millions of Egyptians took to the streets in...

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What Egypt under Sissi is really like for Coptic Christians

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Sarah Yerkes Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/markaz/2016/06/20/what-egypt-under-sissi-is-really-like-for-coptic-christians/ Last month in Minya, Egypt, a 70-year-old Christian woman was beaten and dragged through the streets naked by a mob because her son was suspected of having an affair with a Muslim woman. Horrors like these have renewed...

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Politics or piety? Why the Muslim Brotherhood engages in social service provision: A conversation

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Amr Darrag, Steven Brooke Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/politics-or-piety-why-the-muslim-brotherhood-engages-in-social-service-provision-a-conversation/ SUMMARY “Islamists on Islamism Today” is a new series within Brookings’s Rethinking Political Islamproject. In this series, we will hear directly from Islamist activists and...

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