Egypt

جمهورية مصر العربية

The “Day of Rage” on January 28, 2011 set in train the epic events that led to the collapse of the 30-year Mubarak dictatorship. Ideally, it was supposed to usher in an...(full article)

The Egyptian court that threw out the murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak may have closed the final chapter on the Arab Spring. After the country’s brief, f...(full article)

Whatever verdict was passed down in Cairo on Saturday, there would have been disappointment in some quarters. Had the court agreed that the former president Hosni Mubarak was corre...(full article)

At least four protesters were killed and scores of others injured during the “Muslim Youth Uprising” protests organized by the Salafi front on Friday. The aim of the pr...(full article)

Mubarak's release is unsurprising, but hugely important symbolically....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

ISIS Encroaching on North Africa - Guy Taylor, Washington Times

In its war to create a caliphate across Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is opening a front in North Africa, where affiliated militants are wreaking havoc in eastern Libya and Egy...

5 Mistaken U.S. Assumptions on Middle East - Andrew Bacevich, IC

Considered from this perspective, the “Iraqi government” actually governs, the “Iraqi army” is a nationally representative fighting force, and the “Ir...

The Plight of Gays in Egypt - Rachel Avraham, Foreign Policy Blogs Network

Eight Egyptian men were sentenced to three years in prison plus three years on probation for allegedly attending Egypt’s first same-sex wedding. The harsh sentence was condon...

The Declining Relevance of Despots - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

Karl Marx had a phrase for the kind of tyranny that has existed in parts of the developing world in our era: "oriental despotism." In an article in an 1853 edition of The New York ...

Getting Libya's Warring Parties to the Table - Omar Shabbi, Al-Monitor

Is Algeria's dialogue initiative for Libya still viable?...

Egypt Is Misdiagnosing Its Sinai Problem - Sharif Nashashibi, The National

Look back through years of reports on the Gaza blockade, and one finds countless statements from Egyptian officials about the need to stem the flow of weapons and militants from th...

In Egypt, Business as Usual - New York Times

The Obama administration’s Egypt policy — to the extent that one can be discerned — has been characterized by a combination of mixed messages, wishful thinking an...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

Why Is Tunisia Succeeding, and Not Egypt? - Fareed Zakaria, WaPo

More than 20 years ago, the scholar Samuel Huntington established his “two-turnover test” for fledgling democracies. A country can be said to be a consolidated democracy, he ar...

Egypt Levels Homes for Buffer Zone - Kareem Fahim & Merna Thomas, NYT

The demolitions, cutting through crowded neighborhoods in the border town of Rafah, began with orders to evacuate Tuesday and were part of a sweeping security response by the gover...

North Africa Warily Eyes Falling Oil Prices - Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

The bears that barged into the oil market and knocked crude prices down one-quarter from their summertime highs appear to be hunkering down for a lengthy stay. Big investment banks...

Mubarak Nostalgia Supplants the Arab Spring - Eric Trager, New Republic

In a political environment that seeks a return to the status quo ante, the Mubarak-era political strategy that Hout embraces—leveraging his patronage network and governmental...

The Brutality of the 'New Egypt' - Mona Eltahawy, New York Times

The Pyramids are face-lift flawless, the grass is almost neon bright and even the air itself appears to have been retouched. This portrait of perfection, an ad introducing a &ldq...

100 Days of al-Sisi: Where Egypt Stands - Katulis, Awad & Lang, CAP

President Sisi’s success or failure to strengthen the Egyptian economy will affect both the tenuous security situation and the incomplete political transition. The economy is...

ISIS Is on the Path to Defeat - Hussein Ibish, The National

In spite of its technical competence and impressive adaptability, the militant group may have overreached. The range of territory controlled by its fighters involves vulnerable sup...

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Cairo Through the Eyes of a Garbageman - Peter Hessler, New Yorker

Many things in Egypt don’t work very well. Traffic is bad, and trains get cancelled; during the summer, it’s not unusual to have five electricity blackouts in a single ...

Egyptians' Optimism Is Growing - Mohamed Younis, Gallup

Most see economy improving and have confidence in current government....

ISIS Extends Its Reach - Benjamin Barthe, Worldcrunch

Unlike al-Qaeda, which was always meant to operate on a global level, ISIS has been much more linked to its territory in Syria and Iraq. But that's now starting to change....

Fighting the Purpose-Driven Jihad - Kevin Sullivan, NI

No matter how much lip service American presidents pay to the aspirations of Arabs and Muslims across the greater Middle East, the United States is -- and will likely remain -- hea...

Why Egyptians Support the New Old Regime - Steven A. Cook, TNI

Over the last few years, Egypt has become an object lesson in how narrow interests, greed, and politics can quickly undo noble ideas and aspirations. The time since former Presid...

The Mysterious Rise of the Arab Crime Novel - Marcia L. Qualey, Al Jazeera

Why are gentleman-thieves and murder mysteries making a comeback in Arabic popular fiction?...

Why Is Abbas Playing Hardball with Hamas? - Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

Abbas’ tactic is evident. He sees that Hamas needs him more than he needs it, and he has therefore pounced on this weakness. The Palestinian leader is hoping to be able to revers...

Nile Water Wars? - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

In the 21st century, water could emerge as a more precious commodity than oil. As populations rise, albeit at a slower rate than in the previous century, water becomes a more valua...

A Political Coming of Age in the Gulf - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

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...

The New Arab Cold War - Steven A. Cook, Jacob Stokes & Alexander Brock, FP

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...

U.S. Can't Retreat and Still Call the Shots - Max Boot, Commentary

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...

Libya the Sign of a Newly Proactive Gulf - Jane Kinninmont, The Guardian

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...

The Hard Hand of the Middle East - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

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...

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...

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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