An arcane dispute between Egypt’s president and Al-Azhar is really about moral leadership in society.
Sisi’s efforts to broker the reunification of the Libyan army are less about stabilizing its neighbor than empowering Khalifa Haftar against shared Islamist foes.
Egypt’s new administrative capital, currently under construction—and tentatively named Wedian, which means “desert valleys”— represents concretely where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been trying to take his country during his five years of authoritarian rule.
Egypt’s current attempt to reduce public debt through austerity measures ignores the problem’s roots in uncontrolled military spending.
The Egyptian state’s choice to downplay a recent attack on Christians in favor of promoting the World Youth Forum is further eroding trust in local media.
As the Khashoggi affair will likely show, accountability is never a problem for Arab leaders.
The Egyptian state’s seizure of Muslim Brotherhood funds undermines the rule of law and may further discourage organizations and businessmen from criticizing the regime.
Egypt’s economy may be improving, but this is neither inclusive nor sustainable.
Image manipulation is nothing new. But deepfake is different and more dangerous because the technology is used as a weapon.
Despite variances in threat intensity and risk, challenges loom across the Maghreb. The specter of jihadism may haunt North Africa for a long time.