The Middle East Strategic Alliance Has a Long Way To Go

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Yasmine Farouk Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/02/08/middle-east-strategic-alliance-has-long-way-to-go-pub-78317 The Arab world needs a collective security architecture. The U.S. project of a Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) could in theory be a step forward, especially as it links military security to political and economic security. But so...

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‘Union to Defend the Constitution’ brings opposition forces together to reject constitutional amendments

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/07/feature/u/union-to-defend-the-constitution-brings-opposition-forces-together-to-reject-constitutional-amendments/ Two days after a host of constitutional amendments were submitted to Egypt’s Parliament earlier this week, a number of political parties and public figures announced the establishment...

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Report – Fighting Corruption or Protecting the Regime? Egypt’s Administrative Control Authority

Source: POMED – Project on Middle East Democracy Author(s): Jessica Noll Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-corruption-egypts-administrative-control-authority/ This report explains the role of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) as an instrument of power in al-Sisi’s regime, part of a wider system of repression and control. The report discusses how authoritarian rulers use...

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TIMEP Brief: Potential Changes to Egypt’s Presidential Term Limits

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Original Link: https://timep.org/reports-briefings/timep-briefs/timep-brief-potential-changes-to-egypts-presidential-term-limits/ Summary: Egypt’s 2014 constitution establishes that the president is elected for a period of four years, renewable only once. Despite constitutional provisions...

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Constitutional amendments submitted to Parliament could allow Sisi to stay in power until 2034

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/03/feature/politics/constitutional-amendments-submitted-to-parliament-could-allow-sisi-to-stay-in-power-until-2034/ A proposal to amend a host of constitutional articles — including presidential term limits — has been submitted to Parliament, Ali Abdel Aal, the legislature’s speaker, announced on Sunday during...

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: CORRUPTION CONTINUES AS INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICAL RIGHTS WEAKEN

Source: Transparency International Author(s): Transparency International Original Link: https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/regional-analysis-MENA The Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 presents a grim reality in the Middle East and Northern Africa where, despite some incremental progress by a select few, most countries are failing in the fight against corruption. With an average score of...

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Institutionalizing Authoritarianism in Egypt: al-Sisi’s Struggle for Power

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Lucia Ardovini Original Link: https://www.ispionline.it/en/pubblicazione/institutionalizing-authoritarianism-egypt-al-sisis-struggle-power-22087 January 25th marks the 8th anniversary of the popular protests that brought an end to Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime. At the turn of 2011, almost three decades of worsening...

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Report – Prayers Unanswered: Assessing the Impact of Egypt’s 2016 Church Construction Law

Source: POMED Author(s): Mahmoud Farouk, Amy Hawthorne, Ahmed Rizk Original Link: https://pomed.org/report-prayers-unanswered-assessing-the-impact-of-egypts-2016-church-construction-law/ Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has promised to improve the situation of the country’s Christians, who by many estimates constitute about ten percent of the population and face pervasive discrimination...

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Power Politics or Principle?

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Nathan J. Brown and and Cassia Bardos Original Link: https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/77928 After publicly squabbling over divorce law and religious language, Egypt’s presidency and its leading Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, have moved their clash to a much more arcane level. Today, they disagree over how much society is threatened by debating the authenticity...

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UN: Act on Reprisals by Egypt

Source: Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://cihrs.org/un-act-on-reprisals-by-egypt/?lang=en The United Nations should ensure an urgent and robust system-wide response to credible reports that the Egyptian authorities have attacked people who engaged with the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, six human rights organizations said today. The UN...

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