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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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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Gaza flare-up threatens Egyptian-led negotiations

Source: Middle East Institute  Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/gaza-flare-threatens-egyptian-led-negotiations-weekly-briefing Almost a year of tentative truce-building by Egypt and the UN was given a sharp kick in the teeth on Sunday when an Israeli covert operation in the Gaza Strip went wrong, leading to an exchange of gunfire between Israeli...

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“Arab Shield 1”: The birth of an Arab NATO?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Giorgio Cafiero and Cinzia Bianco Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/arab-shield-1-birth-arab-nato As naval, air, and ground units from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conduct war games in western Egypt this month, joined by observers from Morocco and Lebanon, many speculate that this could...

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The stakes behind the story: How Egypt’s media covered the Khashoggi case

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s):  Khaled Dawoud Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/stakes-behind-story-how-egypts-media-covered-khashoggi-case For nearly 10 days after news broke of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s  “disappearance” after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, state-owned Egyptian newspapers, as well as most private ones, chose to play it safe and avoid...

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Egypt’s sustainable development threatened by Ethiopian dam

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Amal Kandeel Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/egypt-s-stability-threatened-ethiopian-dam-defies-international-norms It is a travesty of unspeakable proportions that in the 21st century the construction of a mega-hydropower-generation project, the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)—whose reservoir can store almost all the annual flow...

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Israel-Egypt gas deal: politics, or business as usual?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Rauf Mammadov Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/israeli-egyptian-gas-deal-politics-or-business-usual On Feb. 19, a consortium of oil companies led by the U.S.’s Noble Oil and Israel’s Delek signed a contract to supply the Egyptian energy company Dolphinus with up to 32 billion cubic meters of Israeli gas over ten years. The deal jolted...

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Millions of Rural Working Women in Egypt at Risk from Climate Change

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Amal Kandeel Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/content/article/millions-rural-working-women-egypt-risk-climate-change The impacts of climate change on Egypt’s agriculture are likely to be substantial, and will affect the millions of Egyptian women reliant on this economic activity for their livelihoods. The agricultural sector employs a large percentage...

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