Sisi and Macron See Their People as Children

Feb 01, 2019

In the face of occasional violent tantrums, some leaders continue to think of their nation as one big, happy family. During a visit to Egypt on January 28, French President Emmanuel Macron fulfilled his duty as a responsible Western leader by insisting that human rights and the rule of law are...

Egypt’s Crackdown on the Media Is Sisi’s Consolidation of Power

Jun 06, 2018

Despite the lack of tangible threats to his presidency, the intensification of Sisi’s attacks on news outlets and social media is likely part of his larger effort to consolidate power. The Egyptian government’s recent crackdown on international news outlets and social media represent...

Under Pressure, Egyptian President Promises Change

Oct 30, 2016

In Egypt, economic hardship and repression are reaching a point where the people are no longer willing the stay silent. Faced with a drop in popularity, intermittent protests against rising prices and calls for a mass anti-government demonstration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is...

Is President Sisi the Next Egyptian Reformer?

May 07, 2016

The international community should support Sisi if they want to see a more stable Middle East, says Josef Olmert. Since the 1952 coup d’état by the Free Officers Movement, Egypt has had six presidents. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the incumbent president, is in the same league with at least two...

The World This Week: Security Trumps Liberty for Cameron and Sisi

Nov 07, 2015

The argument that constraining liberty boosts security has been used time and again by governments to accumulate power. Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury was born in 1588, the year the British defeated the Spanish Armada. This was the start of the rise of English global supremacy and the inhabitants...