The Bennett-Sisi Meeting: A Rare Chance to Publicly Boost Relations

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/bennett-sisi-meeting-rare-chance-publicly-boost-relations The welcome visit indicates that Egypt-Israel ties can thrive post-Netanyahu, potentially expanding from the security domain to economic and civil affairs. Read more at original link

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UN Session on GERD Dispute Strains Egypt-Russia Relations

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/un-session-gerd-dispute-strains-egypt-russia-relations Moscow is keen on courting Ethiopia, and Cairo is beginning to realize its partner’s limitations, yet the two governments will nevertheless continue cooperating on hot-button issues like weapons procurement. Read...

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How Cairo Can Help Ease the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/how-cairo-can-help-ease-israeli-palestinian-crisis Washington should welcome Egypt’s desire to restore its role as a peace mediator, but only if both governments are willing to formulate a constructive approach that avoids repeating the mistakes of the Mubarak era. Read...

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Egypt-Turkey Rapprochement Is Constraining the Muslim Brotherhood

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/egypt-turkey-rapprochement-constraining-muslim-brotherhood Recent understandings between Cairo and Ankara have many of the group’s exiled figures worried about their future on Turkish soil. Read more at original link

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David Schenker

David Schenker is a Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute. Confirmed by the Senate on June 5, 2019, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs through January 2021. In that capacity, he was the principal Middle East advisor to the secretary of state and the senior official overseeing the conduct of

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Getting Tough with Egypt Won’t Work

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): David Schenker Original Link:  https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/getting-tough-egypt-wont-work A more modest approach is warranted, one that emphasizes core interests, acknowledges the limitations of U.S. leverage, and avoids going too far with funding cuts and sanctions. Read more at original link

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Israel Secures Egyptian Gas Export Route

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Simon Henderson Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/israel-secures-egyptian-gas-export-route A rare visit by an Egyptian cabinet official marks a significant upgrade in bilateral energy ties, though questions remain about Palestinian, Gulf, and environmental issues. Read more at original link

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Egypt’s New Parliament: Reopening Political Life, But Only So Far

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/egypts-new-parliament-reopening-political-life-only-so-far Giving the legislature a makeover is Cairo’s latest bid to ease public frustrations, but will a token opposition be enough to keep socioeconomic tensions from boiling over? Read more at original link

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Egypt Endorses Gulf Reconciliation But Remains Skeptical

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/egypt-endorses-gulf-reconciliation-remains-skeptical Although officials are playing along in order to maintain good ties with Saudi Arabia, they seem convinced that Qatar will exploit the new agreement in ways that harm Cairo’s political and security interests at...

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UAVs and the Abraham Accords: New Horizons for Sinai Peacekeeping

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Assaf Orion Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/uavs-and-abraham-accords-new-horizons-sinai-peacekeeping Replacing manned monitoring missions with drone sorties and inviting Gulf countries to participate would help improve security, reduce America’s burden and risk, decrease costs, and bolster the regional peace...

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Cairo’s Concerns About a Biden Presidency

Source: The Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/cairos-concerns-about-a-biden-presidency Egyptian leaders fear that his administration will openly confront them on human rights and enable an Islamist resurgence, but the outlook is brighter for engagement on Turkey, Israel, and other issues. Read more at...

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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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