Likely Arab NATO Amid Recent Exercises in Egypt

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/likely-arab-nato-amid-recent-exercises-in-egypt/ The idea of ​​formation of Arab military alliances is not new, but it dates back to 1950 AD, when several Arab military alliances were formed, including alliances aimed at achieving strategic objectives, and those targeting fulfillment of...

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Sisi’s Ambitions in Libya

Source: Carnegie Author(s): Khaled Mahmoud Original Link: https://carnegieendowment.org/sada/77847   On October 23, Egyptian-mediated talks between the Libyan National Army (LNA)—the military faction led by Khalifa Haftar and which controls most of Eastern Libya—and the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli fell apart once again. These negotiations...

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New Egyptian proposal for Fatah-Hamas reconciliation that could send Palestinians to polls awaits Abbas approval

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Ahmad Shehada and Thaier Oun Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/28/feature/politics/new-egyptian-proposal-for-fatah-hamas-reconciliation-that-could-send-palestinians-to-polls-awaits-abbas-approv Egyptian mediation brought tensions between Hamas and Israel down to a suspicious simmer after Gaza was nearly plunged into war at the beginning of November...

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Egypt’s offshore energy finds

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/monday-briefing-russians-launch-air-strikes-after-alleged-gas-attack The discovery of the Zohr offshore gas field in the Mediterranean in 2015, by the Italian energy company Eni, heralded some very good, and much needed, news for Egypt. At an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet, it is the...

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Cairo, Khartoum discuss end to proxy fighting in Libya in bilateral meeting

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/25/feature/politics/cairo-khartoum-discuss-end-to-proxy-fighting-in-libya-in-bilateral-meeting/ Egypt’s defense minister concluded a meeting on security cooperation with his Sudanese counterpart in Khartoum on Sunday, with sources close to the talks saying that Libya was slated to be the primary focus of the...

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US midterm elections: Bad news for Sisi?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Sharif Abdel Kouddous Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/15/feature/politics/us-midterm-elections-bad-news-for-sisi/ The Democratic Party chalked up victories across the United States in the midterm elections on November 6, gaining control of the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years. The Democrats needed to gain 23 seats to seize...

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US Congress Should Not Be Fooled By Egypt’s Platitudes

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Elisa Epstein Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/11/14/us-congress-should-not-be-fooled-egypts-platitudes   US policymakers shouldn’t be fooled by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent call to review Egypt’s draconian 2017 NGO law, which effectively criminalized non-governmental groups and set the path for “unprecedented”...

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Gaza flare-up threatens Egyptian-led negotiations

Source: Middle East Institute  Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/gaza-flare-threatens-egyptian-led-negotiations-weekly-briefing Almost a year of tentative truce-building by Egypt and the UN was given a sharp kick in the teeth on Sunday when an Israeli covert operation in the Gaza Strip went wrong, leading to an exchange of gunfire between Israeli...

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“Arab Shield 1”: The birth of an Arab NATO?

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Giorgio Cafiero and Cinzia Bianco Original Link: http://www.mei.edu/publications/arab-shield-1-birth-arab-nato As naval, air, and ground units from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) conduct war games in western Egypt this month, joined by observers from Morocco and Lebanon, many speculate that this could...

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Egypt exerts heavy pressure on Hamas leaders to halt attacks, refuses to make demands of Israel

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/13/feature/politics/egypt-exerts-heavy-pressure-on-hamas-leaders-to-halt-attacks-refuses-to-make-demands-of-israel/   Egypt exerted heavy pressure on Hamas over the last two days to declare a ceasefire with Israel though it refrained from making similar demands of the Israeli side, according to a high-level...

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Minya attack: Did Ashmawy coordinate Al-Qaeda and Islamic State activities in Egypt?

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2018/11/06/feature/politics/minya-attack-did-ashmawy-coordinate-al-qaeda-and-islamic-state-activities-in-egypt/ While the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Friday attack on a bus caravan making its way to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery, information has been slow to trickle in about the details behind...

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