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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A series of firsts for Egyptian gas forum

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/weekly-briefing-pompeos-visit-raises-more-questions-it-answers   The regional gas forum Egypt hosted yesterday saw several firsts. It was the first such forum that the country had hosted, the invitees aren’t usually found attending the same parties, and it has led to a declaration...

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For the Egyptian government, it’s time to deliver

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/2019-middle-east-preview-key-trends-events-and-policies-watch If 2018 was a year in which the Egyptian government asked its citizens (and the international community) to bear with it while it enacted rigid austerity measures to mend an ailing economy and tightened civic freedoms to...

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Mixed news for Egypt in 2018

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/2018-year-review-conflicts-khashoggi-and-maximum-pressure Despite consistent attempts by analysts to describe Egypt in dichotomous terms, either singing praises or levelling accusations, the country refuses to play along with simplistic assessments. The year has been a mixed ripple of...

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Egypt’s offshore energy finds

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-russians-launch-air-strikes-after-alleged-gas-attack The discovery of the Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean in 2015, by the Italian energy company Eni, heralded some very good, and much needed, news for Egypt. At an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet, it is the...

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