• Op-Ed
    The Mirage of Egypt’s Regional Role and the Libyan Temptation
    Yezid Sayigh March 5, 2015 Al-Hayat

    Egypt’s current foreign policy activism is more show than substance. The temptation to expand this approach by intervening in Libya will only reveal Egypt’s vulnerabilities and deepen them further.

  • Op-Ed
    Mutual Escalation in Egypt
    Mokhtar Awad, Nathan Brown February 9, 2015 Washington Post

    Egypt may be upon a new and deadlier phase in which the extremists on each side fulfill their prophecies of a fight to the death between good and evil.

  • Op-Ed
    Triumph of the Bureaucracy: A Decade of Aborted Social and Political Change in Egypt
    Amr Adly January 31, 2015 Jadaliyya

    The developing military-backed regime under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signals the triumph of the Egyptian bureaucracy.

  • Op-Ed
    21st-Century Censorship
    Moisés Naím, Philip Bennett January 5, 2015 Columbia Journalism Review

    Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media.

  • Op-Ed
    Egypt Is Open For Business, But Not For Reform
    Michele Dunne December 21, 2014 Washington Post

    The question is whether Egypt can stabilize the country and attract foreign investment needed to enliven the economy, while repressing all criticism of government policies from inside or outside and abandoning any semblance of the rule of law.

  • Article
    The Coptic Church and Politics in Egypt
    Georges Fahmi December 18, 2014 عربي

    The Church is trying to revive its former role as the sole political voice of Egypt’s Copts. But that position carries real risks for the Church and the country’s Christians.

  • Op-Ed
    Learning Lessons on Lessons Learned
    Thomas Carothers December 1, 2014 Alliance Magazine

    Egypt’s principal political actors have repeatedly violated almost all of the received ‘best practices’ of democratic transitions. In fact, the very lessons that the visiting experts most frequently emphasized are among the most glaring failures of Egypt’s attempted democratic transition to date.

  • Op-Ed
    Egypt’s Sisi and the Insurgency
    Michele Dunne November 4, 2014 Al Jazeera

    The question is whether the scorched earth methods practiced by Sisi and his government are helping to build legitimacy among the Egyptian population, or if they will fuel radicalization and alienate large swaths of the public.

  • Op-Ed
    Is Libya a Proxy War?
    Frederic Wehrey October 24, 2014 Washington Post

    In many respects, the war of narratives underway in Libya is a mirror of the polarization that is underway in the Gulf itself and in the broader Arab world.

  • Op-Ed
    Egypt’s Repression of Civic Activists is a Serious Mistake
    Thomas Carothers October 24, 2014 Washington Post

    Accepting the Egyptian crackdown on civil society with only a token fuss might seem like a small price to pay for maintaining cordial relations with a stable, relatively friendly government in a region roiled by instability and conflict. This would be a serious mistake.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Egyptian Pope’s Risky Partisanship
    Johannes Makar February 26, 2015 عربي

    Pope Tawadros II, the main political voice of the Coptic community, has seemingly allied with President Sisi, but this comes at the expense of defending Coptic rights.

  • Eurasia Outlook
    What Is Behind the Sirte Tragedy?
    Alexey Malashenko February 24, 2015

    The ISIS cannot be defeated through military strikes only. The Islamic State is just a tip of the radical Islamist iceberg, which is firmly entrenched in the Muslim world.

  • Sada - Analysis
    A Generational Battle Among Brothers
    Mostafa Hashem January 29, 2015 عربي

    Youth members are now assuming a more active role in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, pushing the group to escalate its call for revolutionary action against President Sisi.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Is Sisi Islam’s Martin Luther?
    Michele Dunne, Katie Bentivoglio January 16, 2015

    Despite his call for a “religious revolution” in Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s gestures fit into a pattern of instrumentalizing religion for political purposes. Religious freedom under Sisi’s presidency may not be worse than it was under Mubarak or Morsi, but it is certainly no better.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Sisi’s Moralism
    Jannis Grimm December 19, 2014 عربي

    The Sisi government’s crackdown on perceived immorality is the latest attempt to instill in Egypt a state-sanctioned interpretation of Islam.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Sinai Campaign a Boon to the Islamic State
    Mostafa Hashem December 5, 2014 عربي

    Support for the Islamic State in Sinai and across Egypt has risen as youth grow convinced that the state’s violence can only be met with counter-violence.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Arab Human Rights Organizations Fear for Their Future in a Volatile Region
    Michele Dunne December 2, 2014

    The roller coaster on which Arab countries have ridden since the 2011 uprisings has given a particularly rough ride to indigenous human rights organizations. Embattled since their founding in the 1980s and 1990s, and often accused of carrying out foreign agendas, groups in several countries are now fighting for their very existence.

  • Sada - Analysis
    The Politics of the Egypt-Gaza Buffer Zone
    Ismail Alexandrani November 25, 2014 عربي

    The new buffer zone being set up on the Egyptian side of the Rafah border will worsen social grievances underpinning much of Sinai’s violence.

  • Strategic Europe
    Egyptian Chimera
    Richard Youngs November 21, 2014

    In its relations with Egypt, the EU should focus on four major challenges: protection of civil society, parliamentary elections, economic engagement, and political Islam.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Seeking Wealth, Taking Power
    Samer Atallah November 18, 2014 عربي

    The Egyptian military’s economic interests are driving it to seek further political control.



Carnegie Experts on Egypt

  • Mario Abou Zeid
    Research Analyst
    Middle East Center

    Abou Zeid is a research analyst at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on political developments in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

  • Amr Adly
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Adly is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centers on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt.

  • Nathan Brown
    Nonresident Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Brown, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, is a distinguished scholar and author of six well-received books on Arab politics.

  • Thomas Carothers
    Vice President for Studies

    Carothers is a leading authority on international support for democracy, rights, and governance and on comparative democratization as well as an expert on U.S. foreign policy.

  • Michele Dunne
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Dunne is an expert on political and economic change in Arab countries, particularly Egypt, as well as U.S. policy in the Middle East.

  • Georges Fahmi
    El-Erian Fellow
    Middle East Center

    Fahmi is an El-Erian fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on religious actors in democratic transition, the interplay between state and religion, and religious minorities and citizenship.

  • Kawa Hassan
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Hassan is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Kurdish and Iraqi politics, civil society and democratization, donor assistance, and transition processes, especially in the Middle East.

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Aline Matta
    Visiting Scholar
    Middle East Center

    Matta is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on technical assistance projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Maha Yahya
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Yahya is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.


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