Trump Makes Space for Russia in the Middle East

December 19, 2017

Trump's effort to project American interests in the Middle East has been a disaster — to Russia's benefit. Russia’s strategy in the Middle East is infinitely more perceptive and successful than the incoherent American effort. President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit is a good example of...

Under Pressure, Egyptian President Promises Change

October 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...

Bilateral Complicity: The Next US President and Egypt

September 28, 2016

The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State. This series instead focuses on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing the next president. In this third part, Ryan J. Suto discusses the future of...

Egypt Uses Soccer to Polish Its Image

September 14, 2016

Sports may, for now, prove to be a way for President Sisi to engage with Egyptian youth. An Egyptian businessman with close ties to Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general-turned-president, has submitted a bid for the broadcasting rights of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The move 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...

Rabaa Square in Retrospective: The Victory of Fear in Egypt

September 12, 2014

Egypt’s authoritarian state is playing off fear to coopt the revolution and justify ruthless oppression. In summer 2013, Tamarod activists, with megaphones on street corners and in metro stations, collected signatures en masse calling for an end to the presidency of Mohammed Morsi and sparked...

Egypt: The EU Election Observer Mission Was a Mistake

June 04, 2014

The observation report of Egypt’s election is highly problematic and indicates that the EU has sided with the repressive regime. Between May 26-28, Egyptians voted for a new president as yet another election was held. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won with more than 90% of votes against his only...

Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

February 12, 2014

Egyptians psychologically need a strong national institution. Two sayings often come to my mind when I think about the Egyptian revolution these days. The first is attributed to Prophet Mohammed: "khayr al-amur al-wasat" (the best path is the middle one). The second is attributed to James...

Revolution Square One: Egypt Three Years On

February 11, 2014

Egyptian revolutionaries face an upward battle against the tides of the establishment. With the world watching, Egypt’s long-time intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, announced the departure of Hosni Mubarak from his presidential throne on February 11, 2011. The epic eruption of cheers, tears,...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

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