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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Dividing the Nile

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Andrew Miller Original Link:  https://carnegie-mec.org/diwan/80283 One of the tragedies of the U.S.-Egyptian relationship is that American policymakers often can do little to protect U.S. interests without the active cooperation of Egyptian policymakers, who tend to be anything but cooperative. The dispute between Egypt, Ethiopia, and other Nile riparian countries...

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The Trinity of Budgetary Institutions, Political Institutions and Fiscal Cyclicality: Evidence from Egypt

Source: Economic Research Forum Author(s): Sarah El Khishin and Mohamed Zaky Original Link:  http://erf.org.eg/publications/the-trinity-of-budgetary-institutions-political-institutions-and-fiscal-cyclicality-evidence-from-egypt-2/ Fiscal policy is empirically proven in many papers as procyclical in developing countries as a result of longstanding weaknesses in budgetary and political...

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Russia in the Middle East: Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Eugene Rumer Original Link:  https://carnegieendowment.org/2019/10/31/russia-in-middle-east-jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none-pub-80233 The 2015 Russian military intervention in Syria was a pivotal moment for Moscow’s Middle East policy. Largely absent from the Middle East for the better part of the previous two decades, Russia intervened to save Bashar...

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Egypt’s Challenge of Stateness After the Arab Spring

Source: The Institute for National Security Studies Author(s): Khader Sawaed Original Link:  https://www.inss.org.il/publication/egypts-challenge-of-stateness-after-the-arab-spring/?offset=0&posts=undefined&outher=undefined&from_date=undefined&to_date=undefined The revolution of January 25, 2011 in Egypt, which constituted one of the many upheavals of the Arab Spring, resulted...

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Egypt After the 2011 Revolution: Divisions in Postprotest Pathways

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Hafsa Halawa Original Link: https://carnegieeurope.eu/2019/10/24/egypt-after-2011-revolution-divisions-in-postprotest-pathways-pub-80141 Much has been written about Egypt’s revolution in 2011. Given that the military retook power only two years later in June 2013, the widespread view is that this revolution failed utterly. However, the protests of 2011 and 2013 left...

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