Egypt’s Support of Khalifa Haftar: Forms and Motives

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypts-support-of-khalifa-haftar-forms-and-motives/ Since Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi came to power in Egypt after the military coup that he led against the first elected civilian president, Dr. Mohamed Morsi, on July 3, 2013, he has been working to change the doctrine of the Egyptian army. After...

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World Report 2020 | Events of 2019

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link:  https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2020/country-chapters/egypt The Egyptian government in 2019 passed constitutional amendments that were approved in an unfair referendum in April. The amendments consolidate authoritarian rule, undermine the judiciary’s dwindling independence, and expand the military’s power to intervene...

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‘A minister without a ministry’ — confusion over role of newly appointed information minister

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/06/feature/politics/a-minister-without-a-ministry-confusion-over-role-of-newly-appointed-information-minister/ President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met with newly appointed Minister of Information Osama Heikal and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbuly to discuss policies and strategies intended to...

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Hardened and Brittle: Egypt’s Authoritarian Fragility

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Timothy E. Kaldas Original Link:  https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/hardened-and-brittle-egypts-authoritarian-fragility/ At the core of many states’ decisions to maintain close ties with Egypt’s ruling government and its president Abdel-Fattah El Sisi is their confidence in the strength and stability of his regime. At a time in...

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Egypt as an Authoritarian Vanguard

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Sherif Mohyeldeen and Noha Khaled Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80585 Among the hundreds of chants by Arab protestors in Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, and Lebanon during recent months of demonstrations, in what may be considered a second wave of the so-called Arab Spring, those directed against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi have been...

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Mapping European Leverage in the MENA Region: Egypt

Source: European Council on Foreign Relations Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar Original Link:  https://www.ecfr.eu/specials/mapping_eu_leverage_mena/egypt Since the removal of Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s president in 2011, Europe’s objectives and influence in the country have undergone a series of fluctuations. Under Mubarak, Egypt had a fairly straightforward relationship with Europe. This...

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Egypt Parliament Watch Session IV Report: October 2018 – July 2019

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): TIMEP Original Link: https://timep.org/epw/egypt-parliament-watch-session-iv-report-october-2018-july-2019/ When Egypt’s current legislature gathered under the dome of the parliament building on January 10, 2016, the country completed the final step in its “democratic road map.” But simply convening as a parliament...

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Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt

Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Amy Fallas Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/ramy-kamel-mada-masr-and-seeing-coptic-issues-as-civil-liberties-in-egypt/ On November 23 security forces arrested Ramy Kamel, a Coptic activist and founder of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), from his home in Cairo, preventing him from accessing legal representation...

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Demarcation of Maritime Borders and Egyptian Strategic Interests

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Khaled Fouad Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/demarcation-of-maritime-borders-and-egyptian-strategic-interests/ In the wake of the agreement signed between Turkey and Libya last November on demarcation of the maritime borders between the two countries, several questions were raised about maritime border demarcation in the Eastern...

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How the Egyptian State Codifies Media Censorship

Source:  The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Author(s): Nourhan Fahmy Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/how-the-egyptian-state-codifies-media-censorship/ With a raid on one of Egypt’s only independent news media outlets and the arrest of four additional journalists in just two weeks, rights groups and press freedom advocates sounded the alarm yet again regarding the...

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Closer Egyptian-Russian Relations Causing a Headache in Washington

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Gregory Aftandilian Original Link:  http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/closer-egyptian-russian-relations-causing-a-headache-in-washington/ Egypt’s intended purchase of advanced Russian fighter jets is raising alarm bells in Washington and has prompted US officials to threaten Cairo with sanctions under legislation passed in 2017. Despite...

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UN rights review roundly criticizes Egypt over prison conditions, civil society violations, discrimination

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Madamasr Original Link:  https://madamasr.com/en/2019/11/18/news/u/un-rights-review-roundly-criticizes-egypt-over-prison-conditions-civil-society-violations-discrimination/ Despite intensive lobbying to stem criticism of Egypt’s track record on civil liberties and the conditions of civil society, United Nations member states issued 372 recommendations to...

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