Washington condemns its Middle Eastern enemies for their abuses, but green lights its friends.
The Trump administration’s plan for an “Arab NATO,” aimed at countering Iran’s influence, poses serious risks for the region.
Uprisings from Tunis to Cairo promised to end autocracies and bring democratic reforms. Those early hopes for a fundamental shift in Middle Eastern politics appear to have been misplaced.
By releasing military aid before Egypt fully meets the United States’ conditions, the Trump administration is inviting the Egyptian government to backslide.
What the U.S. government, and particularly Congress, can do is scrutinize engagement with and assistance to Egypt in order to ensure that they promote stability for the nation rather than one man rule.
Egypt is on a dangerous course, one with grave implications for the United States. It will be difficult to reverse this trajectory, but Congress has an important opportunity to help the Trump administration tackle this thorny challenge by restoring U.S. credibility and influence with Egypt.
Cairo is no longer a prize to be won. It is a challenge to managed through careful and, where necessary coercive diplomacy.
Five years after Egypt’s first democratically elected president was ousted, the economic reforms implemented by President Sisi have left their economy stagnant with few opportunities for growth for the Egyptian people and the private sector.
Russia is regaining influence in North Africa thanks to weapons, energy, and trade.
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