Egypt

جمهورية مصر العربية

A Political Coming of Age in the Gulf

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

The New Arab Cold War

Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

Libya the Sign of a Newly Proactive Gulf

Jane Kinninmont, The Guardian

The Hard Hand of the Middle East

Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

The apparent airstrike against targets in Tripoli, Libya, last week by the air force of the United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with Egypt, must go down as one of the most intrigu...(full article)

The popular conception of the Middle East is one of a region divided along sectarian lines pitting Sunni against Shiite, but another simultaneous struggle is underway among predomi...(full article)

Want to know what happens when the U.S. retreats from a leadership role in the Middle East? This is what happens–Egypt and the United Arab Emirates together collaborate to stag...(full article)

Whatever has happened in Libya in the past few days – with the US claiming that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt were behind several airstrikes on Islamist militias – it is...(full article)

Reality can be harsh. In order for the United States to weaken and eventually defeat the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, it could use help from both the Iranian regime and that of...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Fantasy of Mideast Moderates - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

For decades, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East has been to support “moderates.” The problem is that there are actually very few of them. The Arab world is going through a ...

Repression & Stability: The Sisi Doctrine - Michael Hanna, Foreign Policy

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability....

Egypt's Tiananmen Square - Kenneth Roth, Foreign Policy

I went to Cairo to present Egypt's leaders with evidence that police slaughtered 1,000 people at Rabaa Square. They wouldn't even let me out of the airport....

How America Lost the Middle East - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The United States can't stop the Syrian civil war any more than it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, halt the Egyptian military's brutal repression of political dissidents,...

Who Won the Gaza War? Egypt - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

It's still too early to say, but for now, here's how I'd score the performance of the five major parties to this crisis: Israel, Hamas, the PA, Egypt, and the United States....

After Arab Spring, the Return of the Generals - Shadi Hamid, Spiegel

After the uprisings of 2011, the Arab world seemed to be moving towards democracy, but the recent resurgence of strongmen have illustrated just how deep certain divides still are -...

My Letter from a Cairo Prison - Mohamed Fahmy, National Post

Baher and myself [were] wrongly convicted of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Where is the evidence of that to convict us, and what are the criteria presented by the court ...

When Middle East Conflicts Become One - David Brooks, New York Times

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is...

What Happens When America Disengages - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Obama’s determination to gear down in Europe and the Middle East, regardless of circumstances, guaranteed that the United States would not respond strategically to new opport...

Egypt and Gaza: No Longer a True Mediator - The Economist

It is no longer so easy. When Egypt brokered a ceasefire to end the last Israeli war with Gaza, in 2012, the then president, Muhammad Morsi, a Muslim Brother, enjoyed good relation...

The Last Great Myth About Egypt - Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy

Cairo has never been a mediator between Israel and Palestine -- and today's regime actually benefits from the Gaza invasion....

The New Thirty Years' War - Richard Haass, Project Syndicate

It is a region wracked by religious struggle between competing traditions of the faith. But the conflict is also between militants and moderates, fueled by neighboring rulers seeki...

The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong - Michael J. Totten, World Affairs

Shortly after the Arab Spring broke out at the tail end of 2010, two narratives took hold in the West. Optimists hailed a region-wide birth of democracy, as though the Middle East ...

Time for a Truce in Gaza - Toronto Star

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has nothing to lose by testing Egypt’s proposal for a brief ceasefire in Gaza to see if it can be turned into a durable truce that b...

Egypt Ceasefire Proposal Corners Hamas - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

Either the Islamists accept near-humiliating terms, or they risk isolation and a stepped-up Israeli military assault....

No Arab Democracy Without Arab Democrats - Jeff Simpson, Globe & Mail

False optimism permeated much of the early coverage of the Arab Spring. Too many Western journalists and writers believed that finally the time had come for long-suffering Arab pop...

Energy Brings Egypt Closer to Israel - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

Egypt is so desperate to finally come to grips with its energy and fiscal nightmares that its new government is doing the once unthinkable: rolling back generous domestic fuel subs...

Guess Which Country Will Benefit from Israeli Gas - Steve LeVine, Quartz

British natural gas company BG has signed a preliminarily deal to export $30 billion in Israeli natural gas to Egypt. The agreement deepens Israel’s business ties with its neighb...

Secularists, Liberals Enable Egypt's Junta - Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star

Secularists and liberals, both in Egypt and the West, have a lot of explaining to do as the enablers of the army in Cairo that strangled a nascent democracy....

A Farce of Egyptian Justice - Tomas Avenarius, Suddeutsche Zeitung

Originally published in Suddeutsche Zeitung. MUNICH - It doesn't take a jurist to see how thin the evidence was against the three "Marriott cell" journalists. When news broadcasts ...

The Obama Administration Is Confused About Egypt - Bloomberg View

The timing of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting last weekend with Egypt's newly elected president, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, was unfortunate. What it says about the confusio...

ISIS & Sisi: Two Arab Models, Both Doomed - Thomas Friedman, NY Times

Why two Arab governing models are doomed....

More Egyptian Injustice - New York Times

The conviction of three journalists by an Egyptian court on Monday for doing their jobs is the latest effort by the country’s military-backed rulers to crush all dissent. The...

Too Late to Get Right with Egypt - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

If there has been one thing that has been consistent about the Obama administration’s policies toward Egypt, it has been bad timing. The latest shift in the U.S. attitude toward ...

The Man Who Broke the Middle East - Elliott Abrams, Politico Magazine

The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the G...

Netanyahu's Pivot to China - Jon Emont, Tablet Magazine

A primary hurdle to Israel’s “Asia pivot” is that Israel’s infrastructure is oriented westward; it is designed to handle Mediterranean, not Red Sea, trade. Even though ther...

Egypt's Shame: Violent Assaults on Women - Margaret Wente, Globe & Mail

At the dawn of the wretchedly misnamed Arab Spring, Westerners hoped the overthrow of a corrupt dictatorship would liberate Egypt’s women. Instead, it made things worse. Public o...

Egypt's New Pharaoh - Japan Times

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt’s Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egy...

As you Were in Egypt - Daily Telegraph

Egypt has a military strongman at the helm. As this has been true for most of the past 60-odd years since the Free Officers Movement overthrew King Farouk in 1952 perhaps it should...

Beware the Return of 'Strongmen' World Leaders - The Observer

In Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, political strength increasingly means tyranny, and western weakness is allowing it to happen....

Obama at Omaha - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Obama at bloody Omaha, in the sixth year of his presidency, falls short at a time when his aides have been defining the cornerstone of his foreign policy as: “Don’t do ...

The Silencing of Egypt's Jon Stewart - H.A. Hellyer, Foreign Policy

On Monday, Bassem Youssef -- the man described as Egypt's "Jon Stewart," who ran a program gleefully satirizing the country's predominant political narrative -- announced that his ...

The Mirage of Political Islam - Mustapha Tlili, New York Times

During the decades of dictatorship in the Arab world, political Islamists marketed themselves in the West as “moderate” movements that sought to reconcile Islam with de...

Sisi and the Palestinians - Ali Jarbawi, New York Times

When Egypt is internally stable, it is externally active, which benefits the Palestinian cause. However, when it becomes preoccupied with its internal affairs and turns inward, ...

Egypt's Latest Military Strongman - New York Times

There was never any suspense about who would win Egypt’s presidential election last week. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, until recently the military chief and controlling force behind the...

Sisi Held an Election and No One Came - Amir Taheri, New York Post

He’d hoped it would be a plebiscite for his military coup that toppled Egypt’s first freely elected president last year. Instead, this week’s presidential election seems to...

A Pyrrhic Landslide Win in Egypt - Hamza Hendawi & Maggie Michael, AP

The election of Egypt's former military chief to the nation's presidency may be remembered for its central irony: He won in a historic landslide - only to shatter his image of invu...

Sisi Will Rule an Egypt on Verge of Collapse - John McLaughlin, Ozy

The Egyptian economy is perilously close to collapse. It turned in the wake of the 2011 revolution, which brought violence and a chaotic period of failed Islamic rule before last y...

Sisi's Big Day Is a Bust - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

The Egyptian election was supposed to bring the former Army chief to office on a massive wave of popular support. So why did so many voters stay home?...

Who Really Supports Egyptian Democracy? - Gulf News

Boycotting Egypt's election won't solve anything....

U.S. Needs Regional Strategy in Mideast - Harrison & Fardoust, TNI

The president was correct to rebut the charge that he should be more aggressive in his responses to events, particularly when it comes to the turmoil roiling the Middle East. Pas...

Why Egyptians Will Vote for Sisi - Tawfik Hamid, Al Jazeera

General Abdul Fattah el-Sisi has won most of the votes of Egyptians who live overseas. And many feel he is likely to dominate the upcoming presidential election on May 26-27. Ther...

Egypt Is Profoundly Unstable - Richard Wike, Foreign Policy

Sisi may win the election, but Egypt is far from stable....

The Muslim Brotherhood Thinks It's Winning Again - Eric Trager, TNR

The Brotherhood’s lack of realism is nothing new. Claiming to represent “true Islam,” the Brotherhood has long overestimated its popularity within Muslim-majority...

Egypt's Next President - Ursula Lindsey, The Arabist

Now that campaigning for Egypt’s presidential election is well underway and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi has made several media appearances, some observations can be made a...

Israel Still Mulling Iran Strike

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to visit Capitol Hill Tuesday after sitting down with President Obama Monday to talk about Iran.Monday's discussion was important for ...

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