Monday Briefing: Strengthening Egypt’s ties with Africa

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-strengthening-egypts-ties-africa Egypt’s days of woefully neglecting its relations with Africa are over. After more than three decades of perfunctory engagement with its African neighbors — which cost it dearly in terms of economic and cultural advantages and regional...

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Gas heats up the Eastern Mediterranean

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Geoffrey Aronson Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/gas-heats-eastern-mediterranean Competition for security and energy is at the center of recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. Countries from Egypt to Turkey are moving to secure, exploit, and market their (not always fair) share of the game-changing offshore natural gas...

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Egypt: Amendments limit judiciary’s independence

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-regime-offensive-syrias-northwest-grinds-halt On June 9th, Egypt’s House of Representatives, or parliament, approved amendments to six laws aimed at regulating the performance of a number of judicial authorities: The Supreme Constitutional Court (law 48/1979), the State...

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Europe’s Deep Reservoir of Goodwill in the Middle East: Lessons for Public Diplomacy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Lindsay J. Benstead Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/europes-deep-reservoir-goodwill-middle-east-lessons-public-diplomacy Political and economic transitions are seldom, if ever, compartmentalized processes, insulated from regional and global influences. On the contrary, they are often informed and shaped by exogenous forces and the...

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Egypt: Politics intrudes on daily life in an unexpected way

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-iraq-back-eye-storm Last month’s referendum on constitutional amendments in Egypt passed with a huge majority (almost 90%) and little fanfare. Despite the far-reaching ramifications of the amendments and their direct implications for the country’s democratic development...

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Egypt passes wide-ranging constitutional amendments

Source: Middle East Insitiute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-conflict-far-over-syria There was never really any doubt that Egypt’s new constitutional amendments would pass. On April 23rd, Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) announced that the referendum on a set of major constitutional amendments had passed by 88.8 percent...

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Egypt: Taking stock of Sissi’s visit

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-new-arab-uprisings-echo-earlier-revolts Now that the dust has settled after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s visit to Washington and meeting with President Donald Trump, it may be possible to examine any possible takeaways. There were a spate of Egypt-related...

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Egypt-US ties in the spotlight ahead of Sissi’s visit

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-too-little-too-late-algeria Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is scheduled to visit Washington, DC next week, during which time he will meet with President Donald Trump. According to a statement issued by the White House, they will “discuss strengthening the...

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The war of words between Turkey and Egypt

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Guney Yildiz Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-irans-rouhani-heads-baghdad Leaders in the Middle East are no strangers when it comes to levelling insults against one another. The recent Turkish-Egyptian tension, however, signifies deeper problems between the region’s two heavyweights. Ankara and Cairo are members of rival...

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Egypt hosts first EU-Arab League summit

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-egypt-hosts-first-eu-arab-league-summit The title of the first joint EU-Arab League summit in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh is Investing in Stability. While an officially Arab League and not solely Egyptian undertaking, it’s an excellent summation of...

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Constitutional amendments in Egypt

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-irans-economic-challenges-reach-crisis-point Egypt’s political climate has been rather turbulent of late. On Feb. 3rd of this year, a coalition of parliamentary representatives submitted a proposal for constitutional amendments to the floor. Those amendments are sweeping...

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Mirette F. Mabrouk

Mirette F. Mabrouk is an MEI senior fellow and director of the Institute’s Egypt Studies program. She was previously deputy director and director for research and programs at the Rafik Hariri for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council. An Egypt analyst who was previously a nonresident fellow at the Project for U.S. Relations with

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