Egypt

جمهورية مصر العربية

The Last Great Myth About Egypt

Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy

The New Thirty Years' War

Richard Haass, Project Syndicate

The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong

Michael J. Totten, World Affairs

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Egypt's Cold Realism on Syria - Geoffrey Aronson, Al Monitor

The next meeting of the Friends Of Syria is scheduled for May 15 in London. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi, however, will not attend, as it seems a previous engage...

The Rise of the Square People - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

I think I’ll plan to go from Kiev to Hanoi more often. It’s only when you go to two seemingly disconnected places that you see the big trends, and one of the big ones I...

He's Made It Worse: Obama's Middle East - Abe Greenwald, Commentary

What have we gotten in return for our more humble posture in the Middle East? The answer, as a case-by-case examination of the most important examples reveals, is this: a new age o...

Conspiracy Theory Capital of the World - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Conspiracy theories exist everywhere in the world, but they’re especially common in the Middle East and are rampant in Egypt even by regional standards. They’re generally har...

Democracy's Deepening Recession - Larry Diamond, The Atlantic

While the world’s attention has been riveted on Ukraine and what move an emboldened Vladimir Putin will make next, diverse threats to democracy have intensified on other fronts...

Egypt Disregards Press Freedom - The Australian

Despite the Arab Spring and the uprising that deposed the Mubarak dictatorship, Egypt is ranked as “not free” in the new Freedom House report on press freedom. Countries in the...

Arab Spring Chokes in Egypt - Ahmed Abdel-Raheem, The Commentator

It's almost as if the revolution against Mubarak was pointless. Egypt is more repressive now than it was when he was in charge. But some Egyptians are still not prepared to give up...

Egyptian Democracy's Death Sentence - Bloomberg View

An Egyptian court today sentenced 683 people to death in a trial that lasted about five minutes. This was both a travesty of justice and an embarrassment for the U.S., which just l...

The Sources of Egyptian Anti-Semitism - Samuel Tadros, American Interest

From liberals to Islamists, one of the only ideas that binds Egyptians is anti-Semitism. Where did it come from? Why is Egyptian culture so drenched in this toxic ideology? And wha...

Terrorism Expands from Sinai to Cairo - Safaa Saleh, Al Monitor

Armed extremist groups in Egypt have spread their operations from the remote areas of the Sinai Peninsula to the densely populated metropolises of Cairo and the Delta....

Eight Hopeful Legacies of the Arab Spring - John Cassidy, The New Yorker

More than three years after the Arab Spring began, the political situation in the Middle East is depressing. In Syria, a brutal civil war continues, with the forces of Bashar al-As...

The Slaves of Sinai - Geoffrey Clarfield, National Post

Between 2009-2013, it is estimated that 25,000-30,000 people were victims of Sinai trafficking and that they and their relatives overseas have paid ransoms to their Sinai Bedouin c...

Food Prices Are Going to Topple More Governments - Josh Keating, Slate

The Arab Spring may become the textbook example of the geopolitics of food prices -- the food riots and subsequent revolutions transfixed the world. But shifts in food price may be...

The False Promise of Arab Regime-led Reform - Rami Khouri, Daily Star

This approach of feigned reforms from the top has been used by most Arab autocrats during the past decades of rule, and never, ever has it resulted in real change. Talk of reform o...

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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