Rethinking Egypt’s Economy

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk, Samer Atallah, Sherif Kamel, Sarah El Battouty, Deborah Lehr, Yasser Elnaggar, Abla Abdel-Latif Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/rethinking-egypts-economy Egypt is not alone in having been knocked into a pit by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will have to dig itself out on its own. However, if Egypt is...

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Will the lights stay on in Egypt?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Hisham Fahmy Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/will-lights-stay-egypt In the blistering summer of 2014, Egyptians were facing spontaneous electricity blackouts for up to six hours a day, waiting hours in gas station lines often long enough to stretch across entire neighborhoods, and enduring hundreds of terrorist attacks...

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Election 2020: Challenges and Opportunities for US Policy in the Middle East

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/sites/default/files/2020-09/Egypt.pdf The Middle East is going through one of the most unstable periods in its recent history. This instability goes well beyond the current triple crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the related economic contraction, and the collapse of energy prices. Each...

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Gridlock as GERD talks continue

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-constitutional-committee-talks-highlight-syrias-spiraling-covid-crisis This week sees the latest of an apparently interminable set of meetings between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). This round is part of an initiative sponsored by the...

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The dimming prospects for GERD talks

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-lebanons-moment-reckoning During the long-drawn-out negotiations over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Sudan has traditionally been perceived as the most easy-going of the parties, as compared to Egypt and Ethiopia. However, apparently there are limits to even the...

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Monday Briefing: GERD talks continue, but political will is still lacking

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-gerd-talks-continue-political-will-still-lacking It’s never a good sign when negotiators differ on the desired outcomes of negotiations. Last week, hours after an African Union (AU) sponsored summit on the filling and operations of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD)...

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Red lines and rising tensions in Libya

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-red-lines-and-rising-tensions-libya On July 18, Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) moved its fighters and 200 vehicles eastwards from Misrata along the Mediterranean coast toward the town of Tawergha, about a third of the way to Sirte. Egyptian...

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De-escalating the GERD dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Guled Ahmed Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-un-security-council-must-act-now-save-northwest-syria Since Ethiopia boycotted the last Washington round meeting on Feb. 28, 2020 over a disagreement on the operation and filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), there has been a continuous escalation of tensions...

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Mohammed Soliman

Mohammed Soliman is a Non-Resident Scholar with the Middle East Institute’s Cyber Program. His work focuses on the intersection of technology, geopolitics, and business in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and his extensive, cross-sectoral network throughout the region informs his analysis. Previously, he worked as an analyst and columnist for Tahrir News, al-Maqal,

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Egypt’s sizeable informal economy complicates its pandemic response

Source:  Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-sizeable-informal-economy-complicates-its-pandemic-response Trying to gauge the effects of the pandemic on Egypt’s economy is like watching a pipe slowly drip water on the ceiling. You have no way of knowing how bad it’s going to be, but you can tell it’s bad news and getting worse by the day. Read

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Egypt’s path forward from the pandemic’s economic fallout

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mohammed Soliman Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/egypts-path-forward-pandemics-economic-fallout Today marks almost three months of a global shutdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region faces a double whammy from the resulting economic fallout and the sharp decline...

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Egypt’s potential perfect storm: Pandemic, recession, returnees, and remittance losses

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/egypts-potential-perfect-storm-pandemic-recession-returnees-and-remittance-losses Last December looked particularly rosy for Egypt’s minister of manpower, Mohamed Saafan. Egypt’s unemployment rate, which had been steadily falling since 2016, was at 7.8 percent, the lowest level in 30 years...

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