Egypt: The Pandemic Experience in a Time of Reform

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mohamed Gad Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/egypt-pandemic-experience-time-reform Egypt announced its first COVID-19 fatality on March 8, 2020,[1] a few months after concluding a “reform” program supported by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan it had obtained in 2016.[2] The pandemic thus posed the first test for the...

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Reflecting on the global effort to fight violence against women

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Hafsa Halawa Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/reflecting-global-effort-fight-violence-against-women On March 8, the world came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), a barometer of annual development on global gender equality. This year, violence against women and women’s protection have been front and center on the...

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Egypt should go green by putting a price on carbon

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Deborah Lehr Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/egypt-should-go-green-putting-price-carbon It is time for Egypt to put a price on carbon. While Cairo has taken small steps toward developing a sustainability plan, it needs a bold idea to stop rising carbon emissions. Establishing a carbon exchange — or putting a price on carbon — would be...

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Monday Briefing | Egypt: Misfortunes never come singly

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-egypt-misfortunes-never-come-singly There’s a proverb in Egyptian colloquial Arabic that translates loosely as “You can withstand one knock to the head, but two is difficult.” Last week, Egypt had to struggle with two major incidents, one of them in an extremely public manner...

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Reports of an Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement have been greatly exaggerated

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-israel-and-iran-take-their-clandestine-war-sea Recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about a possible upgrade in ties with Egypt have sparked yet another furious round of conjecture about a possible Egypt-Turkey rapprochement. President Erdoğan noted that...

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The Biden Administration and the Middle East: Policy Recommendations for a Sustainable Way Forward

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk and various other experts Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/biden-administration-and-middle-east-policy-recommendations-sustainable-way-forward As Joe Biden enters office his administration faces an overwhelming domestic agenda and myriad foreign policy challenges. Reinforcing relations with European allies and...

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Special briefing: The Arab Spring a decade on

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Fatima Abo Alasrar, Mietek Boduszyński, Paul Salem, Mohammed Soliman, Hafsa Halawa, Dima M. Toukan, Emiliano Alessandri, Ibrahim Al-Assil, Jessica Agostinelli Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/special-briefing-arab-spring-decade#soliman On the 10th anniversary of the Tahrir Revolution, the ramifications of the protests could not be...

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2021 Preview: Looking to 2021 as a year of recovery

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/2021-preview-looking-2021-year-recovery The pandemic landed Egypt squarely in a quagmire in 2020, along with much of the rest of the world. However, its ability to drag itself out will depend almost entirely on its own governance and how it chooses to tackle the raft of institutional problems...

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Let justice be done: Respect for women’s land rights in the Middle East and North Africa

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Amal Kandeel Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/let-justice-be-done-respect-womens-land-rights-middle-east-and-north-africa Ownership of economic resources is integral to exercising agency and to assuring the human security needed to live free from fear, want, and indignity. In agrarian societies, land and its natural resources are...

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2020 Year in Review

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/2020-year-review A look back at the year’s most important developments with analysis from Paul Salem, Alex Vatanka, Randa Slim, Gerald Feierstein, Gonul Tol, Jonathan M. Winer, Khaled Elgindy, Marvin G. Weinbaum, Mirette F. Mabrouk, Grace Wermenbol, Syed Mohammad Ali, Robert S. Ford, and...

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Geopolitics and human rights in the spotlight as President Sisi visits France

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-end-intra-gcc-dispute-headline-or-hype As timings for state visits go, this one could have been a little better. On Dec. 6 Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi visited France on an official state visit, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.  Read more at...

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Monday Briefing: The reverberations of the US election in the Middle East

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/blog/monday-briefing-reverberations-us-election-middle-east It isn’t much of a secret that Egypt’s government probably would have preferred President Donald Trump to remain in the White House for another four years. Relations under former President Barack Obama were stiltingly formal and not helped...

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