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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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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Sources: Cairo offers diplomatic support to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the wake of continued protests

Source: Madamasr Author(s): Asmahan Soliman Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/02/06/feature/politics/sources-cairo-offers-diplomatic-support-to-sudanese-president-omar-al-bashir-in-the-wake-of-continued-protests/ In the wake of continued protests across its southern border, Egypt has opted to prioritize Sudan’s stability, and, “in the Egyptian lexicon, stability means...

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Midterm Assessment: Egypt

Source: Foundation for Defense of Democracies Author(s): Jonathan Schanzer Original Link: https://www.fdd.org/analysis/2019/01/31/midterm-assessment-egypt/ The Trump administration has adopted a policy of restoring America’s strategic partnership with Egypt after five tense years under the previous administration, which did not support the 2013 military coup that toppled the Muslim...

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How French Weapons Enable Egypt’s Abuses

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Nadim Houry and Bénédicte Jeannerod Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/01/28/how-french-weapons-enable-egypts-abuses On January 27, President Emmanuel Macron began his first official visit to Egypt. Relations between the two countries and presidents have never been warmer. Macron has justified France’s support for Egypt, despite the well...

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The Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum Reinforces Current Regional Dynamics

Source: Arab Center Washington DC Author(s): Joe Macaron Original Link: http://arabcenterdc.org/policy_analyses/the-eastern-mediterranean-gas-forum-reinforces-current-regional-dynamics/ On January 14, the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF) was inaugurated in Cairo, triggering the region’s official transition from oil dependence to the era of gas production. The ongoing...

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World Report 2019 | Events of 2018

Source: Human Rights Watch Author(s): Human Rights Watch Original Link: https://www.hrw.org/world-report/2019/country-chapters/egypt Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi secured a second term in a largely unfree and unfair presidential election in March, his security forces have escalated a campaign of intimidation, violence, and arrests against political opponents, civil society activists...

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After CBS Interview: To What Extent Was Sisi Affected?

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Monitoring and Documentation Unit at EIS Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/after-cbs-interview-to-what-extent-was-sisi-affected/   General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s interview with CBS TV network, which was broadcast via the famous “60 Minutes” program on 6 January 2019, has sparked a wide-range debate, especially after the US network had...

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A series of firsts for Egyptian gas forum

Source: Middle East Institute Author(s): Mirette F. Mabrouk Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/weekly-briefing-pompeos-visit-raises-more-questions-it-answers   The regional gas forum Egypt hosted yesterday saw several firsts. It was the first such forum that the country had hosted, the invitees aren’t usually found attending the same parties, and it has led to a declaration...

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While human rights linger on US radar, Pompeo Cairo visit focuses on regional cooperation

Source: Madamasr Author(s): N/A Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2019/01/11/feature/politics/while-human-rights-linger-on-us-radar-pompeo-cairo-visit-focuses-on-regional-cooperation/ US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo on Thursday ahead of his address on the role of the US in the Middle East...

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The new geopolitics of the Middle East: America’s role in a changing region

Source: Brookings Author(s): Jeffrey Feltman, Samantha Gross, Martin Indyk, Kemal Kirişci, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, Amanda Sloat, Angela Stent, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Bruce Jones Original Link: https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-new-geopolitics-of-the-middle-east-americas-role-in-a-changing-region/ DIRECTOR’S SUMMARY The perception of U.S. withdrawal from the Middle...

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Dimensions of Israeli role in Egypt’s Sinai

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies Author(s): Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/dimensions-of-israeli-role-in-egypts-sinai/ Israel has been closely monitoring the ongoing security developments in Sinai, especially the Egyptian army’s comprehensive military Operation Sinai-2018 against armed groups in northern and central Sinai since February 2018. Tel Aviv believes...

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