New Egyptian Legislation Aims to Reduce Al-Azhar’s Authority

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Sarah Feuer Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/new-egyptian-legislation-aims-to-reduce-al-azhars-authority The latest twist in the long battle for control over Egypt’s religious realm could have profound implications for the state’s ability to regulate—and thus reform—Islamic discourse. Read more at original link

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Normalization Is Making Cairo Uncomfortable

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/normalization-is-making-cairo-uncomfortable The UAE’s deal with Israel may render Egypt a junior partner in future peace diplomacy, aggravating its existing frustration over years of financial dependence on the small Gulf state and a string of foreign policy...

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Health, Politics, and Stability in the Middle East: A COVID-19 Update

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Ali Mokdad, Mohammed Hassan Khalil, and Muhamed Almaliky Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/health-politics-and-stability-in-the-middle-east-a-covid-19-update Three regional health experts explain why countries that avoided the worst of the pandemic early on are now reeling from its spread. Read more at original...

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The Road to Egypt’s 6th of October

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Angie Omar Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/the-road-to-egypts-6th-of-october Egypt, with all its variety, novelty, and antiquity, also happens to have a sophisticated Uber service. On a quick Uber trip from Cairo’s Abdeen neighborhood to the 6th of October city in Giza governorate, I had the chance to ride with a...

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What Will It Take to Repair Middle Eastern Economies?

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Bilal Wahab Original Link:  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/what-will-it-take-to-repair-middle-eastern-economies The Middle East is among the world’s richest regions in natural resources, but despite the Persian Gulf ’s ostentatious oil wealth, as a whole, the region teeters on the economic precipice. East Asia, South Asia, and...

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Israeli Gas Export Route to Egypt Finalized

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Simon Henderson Original Link:  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/israeli-gas-export-route-to-egypt-finalized The two countries still need to resolve longer-term questions about international export options and energy contracts with Jordan, but the latest step toward reopening the pipeline is encouraging. Read more at original...

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Simon Henderson

Baker FellowDirector, Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy Simon Henderson is the Baker fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Institute’s Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy, specializing in energy matters and the conservative Arab states of the Persian Gulf. https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/experts/view/henderson-simon

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Egypt Takes Another Step Toward China

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein   Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/egypt-takes-another-step-toward-china On August 5, Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company Hutchison Ports to establish a Mediterranean container terminal in Abu Qir. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi himself attended the signing ceremony...

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Now That Morsi Is Gone, Sisi Should Ease His Crackdown

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Barak Barfi Original Link:  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/now-that-morsi-is-gone-sisi-should-ease-his-crackdown Mohamed Morsi’s death in a Cairo courthouse is an ignominious end for a man who briefly led the Arab world’s most populous country. Though in many ways little more than a figurehead, he nevertheless symbolized the...

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Ramadan Soap Operas Contradict Sisi’s Outreach to Israel

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/ramadan-soap-operas-contradict-sisis-outreach-to-israel Despite Egypt’s warming relations with the Israeli government, the country’s airwaves and movie theaters are still rife with bellicose and anti-Semitic content. In the past five years, Egyptian-Israeli relations...

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Egypt Should Adopt Active Neutrality Toward the Sudanese Revolution

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Bilal Almasry Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/fikraforum/view/egypt-should-adopt-active-neutrality-toward-the-sudanese-revolution [Description] (make sure you only post 100- 200 word excerpt of paper & follow with a “read more at original link”) Read more at original link

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After the Islamic State, Renewed Urgency for Religious Reform

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Dina Al Riffie Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/after-the-islamic-state-renewed-urgency-for-religious-reform The recent declaration of the Islamic State (IS) territorial defeat in Syria has refocused the debate on how to achieve an enduring peace based on successful counterextremism initiatives. This raises a...

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