January 13, 2014

Is General Sisi Taking Chuck Hagel's Phone Calls?

Shadi Hamid, Politics Magazine

The Associated Press

There is little to suggest that Hagel’s exhortations have had even a minimal effect on Sissi and the Egyptian government’s conduct. Since the coup, there have been four mass killings, including the worst massacre in decades; some 10,000 people have been arrested or detained; and opposition protests have been banned. The crackdown has extended to secular activists as well, with three leading revolutionaries sentenced to three years in prison. What, then, is the point of all these conversations? Security cooperation is important, but does it require nearly 30 calls, including 10 in the span of one week just after the coup? What, exactly, is going on?

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TAGGED: Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi, Egypt, United States, United States Administration, Chuck Hagel

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