The current trend in U.S. and European governments to pay less attention to human rights issues in Arab countries did not develop overnight, and is unlikely to disappear quickly, as it is connected to local, regional, and global trends.
Egypt has acquitted several foreign NGO workers who had been convicted of working without the Egyptian authorities’ permission. Is this Egypt’s olive branch to the international community?
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
From Egypt to America, a military enmeshed in politics is bad for stability and democracy.
An arcane dispute between Egypt’s president and Al-Azhar is really about moral leadership in society.
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.
As the Khashoggi affair will likely show, accountability is never a problem for Arab leaders.
Egypt’s economy may be improving, but this is neither inclusive nor sustainable.
Despite variances in threat intensity and risk, challenges loom across the Maghreb. The specter of jihadism may haunt North Africa for a long time.
Washington condemns its Middle Eastern enemies for their abuses, but green lights its friends.