The Gulf Divided: The Impact of the Qatar Crisis

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Jane Kinninmont Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/sites/default/files/publications/research/2019-05-30-Gulf%20Crisis_0.pdf By early 2019 the rupture within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)1 stemming from the boycott of Qatar by four Arab states appeared to be well entrenched as a new feature of Middle East politics. The crisis erupted in June 2017...

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Egyptian Election Numbers Show Regime Supporters Are Becoming More Passive

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Dr. Georges Fahmi Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/egyptian-election-numbers-show-regime-supporters-are-becoming-more-passive The Egyptian presidential election has shown that the regime of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi still enjoys support among the same constituencies that opposed the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in June 2013. However...

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New Groups Will Lose Out in Egypt’s Market of Violence

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Georges Fahmi Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/new-groups-will-lose-out-egypts-market-violence The UK and US authorities have recently listed two Egyptian groups, Hassm and Lewaa al-Thawra, as terrorist organizations. Hassm, an abbreviation for ‘The Arms of Egypt Movement’ (established in July 2016), and Lewaa al-Thawra, which...

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In Egypt, Sisi Faces Down Some Surprising Challengers

Source: Chatham House Author (s): Jane Kinninmont Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/egypt-sisi-faces-down-some-surprising-challengers Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi seems certain to win a contrived presidential election in March, after other challengers including a former prime minister and high-ranking military officers were barred from running or pressured...

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MENA men under pressure

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Dr Shereen El Feki Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/mena-men-under-pressure In the heady days of 2011, Tahrir Square was a showcase for the best and the worst of Egyptian manhood. I saw protesters fighting and falling for the dreams of ‘freedom’, ‘justice’ and ‘dignity’ writ large in the graffiti that wallpapered their downtown...

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Kafka in Cairo

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Helen Fitzwilliam Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/twt/kafka-cairo When the regime of Hosni Mubarak fell during the 2011 revolution, many diaspora Egyptians returned home, bringing with them the latest ideas in science, technology and medicine to build the nascent democracy. But when that modern state failed to materialize, they ran for...

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The practice and culture of smuggling in the borderland of Egypt and Libya

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Thomas Husken Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/publication/ia/practice-and-culture-smuggling-borderland-egypt-and-libya Abstract: This article looks at smuggling among the Awlad ‘Ali Bedouin in the borderland of Egypt and Libya. Smuggling is understood as a transgressive economic practice that is embedded in the wider social, political and cultural...

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Egypt’s Sisi Gives With One Hand, and Takes Away With the Other

Source: Chatham House Author(s): David Butter Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/egypts-sisi-gives-one-hand-and-takes-away-other As the Egyptian parliament was nearing the conclusion of its review of the government’s draft budget for the 2017–18 (July–June) fiscal year, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi on 21 June announced a package of measures including extra funding for...

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Why Aren’t More Muslim Brothers Turning to Violence?

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Dr Georges Fahmi Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/why-aren-t-more-muslim-brothers-turning-violence After the 2013 military intervention against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, many voices warned that the Brotherhood would shift its tactics to include the use of violence. However, only a minority within the Brotherhood has...

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Metrojet Incident Spotlights Egypt’s Security Struggles

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Jane Kinninmont Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/metrojet-incident-spotlights-egypt-s-Security-struggles The suspicion that a bomb caused a Russian passenger plane to crash over Sinai casts an international spotlight on the security problems that Egyptians have already been facing – and the limitations of the highly militarized state’s...

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Enduring Repression and Insurgency in Egypt’s Sinai

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Dr Omar Ashour Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/enduring-repression-and-insurgency-egypts-sinai ‘They want to substitute me for the Muslim womans [sic] arrested in Egyptian prisons. These matters have to be achieved before 48 hours from now; if not, the soldiers of Sinai Province will kill me,’ said a man identifying...

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Egypt’s Harsh Crackdown Could Lead to Further Violence

Source: Chatham House Author(s): Dr Omar Ashour Original Link: https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/egypt-s-harsh-crackdown-could-lead-further-violence ‘The hands of justice [are] chained by laws,’ said Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during the funeral of his prosecutor-general, Hisham Barakat. ‘Courts are not suitable for this moment … laws are not suitable for this moment,’ he...

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