Protests in Egypt Show Trump’s Wrong about al-Sisi

Source:  Human Rights Watch Author(s):  Elisa Epstein Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/09/26/protests-egypt-show-trumps-wrong-about-al-sisi At the United Nations General Assembly meetings this week, US President Donald Trump praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as a “great leader” who has brought Egypt out of “turmoil.” A few weeks earlier Trump reportedly...

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Egypt: rights and security, another crackdown

Source: Italian Institute for International Political Studies Author(s): Giuseppe Dentice and Alessia Melcangi Original Link:  https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/egitto-diritti-e-sicurezza-ancora-un-giro-di-vite-24005 The victory in the constitutional referendum of April 2019 offered the president al-Sisi the possibility of widening the range of powers, eliminating at the same time any...

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Beijing calling: Assessing China’s growing footprint in North Africa

Source: Brookings Institute Author(s): Adel Abdel Ghafar and Anna L. Jacobs Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/beijing-calling-assessing-chinas-growing-footprint-in-north-africa/ As the United States slowly disengages from the Middle East, and as Europe faces internal challenges, a new actor is quietly exerting greater influence across North Africa. China has been strategically...

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Strategic Consequences of Russia’s Economic Presence in the Suez Canal Zone

Source:  The Jamestown Foundation for Global Research and Analysis Author(s):  Ridvan Bari Urcosta Original Link:  https://jamestown.org/program/strategic-consequences-of-russias-economic-presence-in-the-suez-canal-zone/ Russia’s own interests in Egypt are multidimensional. But among the most intriguing in the last couple years has been the Egyptian government’s invitation to Russian...

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A shifting development paradigm for the Middle East and North Africa

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Rabah Arezki Original Link:  https://www.mei.edu/publications/shifting-development-paradigm-middle-east-and-north-africa Economic development paradigms have shifted focus over past decades: from minimizing imports to encouraging exports as the path to prosperity. Individual countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have had little success...

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Egyptian Antiquities & Legalization of Smuggling

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Hussein Duqeil Original Link:  https://en.eipss-eg.org/egyptian-antiquities-legalization-of-smuggling/ The sale of the head of Tutankhamun at an auction in London in July 2019 provoked angry reactions from a wide range of Egyptians, which is good in itself, but reviewing these responses shows that most of them were misplaced; which indicates...

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Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean: Will Economic Wisdom Prevail?

Source: The Institute for National Security Studies Author(s):  Oded Eran Original Link:  https://www.inss.org.il/publication/natural-gas-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-will-economic-wisdom-prevail/?offset=0&posts=undefined&outher=undefined&from_date=undefined&to_date=undefined Among the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean – a region with a long history of rivalries and...

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Towards an Int’l Legal Action on President Morsi’s Death

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Alaa Abdelmonsef Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/towards-an-intl-legal-action-on-president-morsis-death/ Six years have passed since Egypt’s first elected civilian president was arrested, forcibly disappeared, and subjected to an unfair trial that did not meet the minimum standards of justice. During his detention, President Mohamed...

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The Chinese Development Model: A Cure for Egyptian Woes?

Source: The Institute for National Security Studies Author(s): Ofir Winter and Doron Ella Original Link: https://www.inss.org.il/publication/the-chinese-development-model-a-cure-for-egyptian-woes/ As Egypt formulates and implements its economic reform program, its official discourse refers to China with increasing frequency as a supreme positive example. “The Chinese development model” – as it...

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Positive Economic Growth in Egypt Belies Mounting Problems

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Gregory Aftandilian Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/positive-economic-growth-in-egypt-belies-mounting-problems/ Egypt has received high marks from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for carrying out a series of difficult economic reforms and for its success as an emerging market. However, such positive trends mask a deeply...

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Egypt Takes Another Step Toward China

Source: Washington Institute Author(s): Haisam Hassanein   Original Link: https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/egypt-takes-another-step-toward-china On August 5, Egypt signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese company Hutchison Ports to establish a Mediterranean container terminal in Abu Qir. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi himself attended the signing ceremony...

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When Israel Hails Sisi!

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/when-israel-hails-sisi/ It was remarkable that the Egyptian ambassador in Israel, Khaled Azmi, celebrated Egypt’s national day at his home in Tel Aviv amid substantial Israeli and foreign presence, exceeding 150 guests from various political and media orientations. Israeli political and...

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