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.
Recent arrests in Egypt aim to preempt public anger over planned neoliberal economic reforms and enhanced presidential powers.
Russia is regaining influence in North Africa thanks to weapons, energy, and trade.
The Egyptian government’s reluctance to loosen its grip on private sector industries has impeded the flow of foreign direct investment into the country.
The world seems to be growing more paradoxical where democratic practices are becoming more popular among dictators. Democracy gives them something repression can’t - a modicum of legitimacy.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Gulf-based Salafi financiers have had a diminished role in the Syrian civil war recently, but their influence will linger in the country's religious sphere.
While the Middle East’s central battle line is changing, Egypt is pursuing a strategy of opportunism that aims to maximize its returns and preserve its options.
The decision of Egypt’s highest appeals court to order a retrial in the 2012-2013 NGO foreign funding case is a positive development which provides an opportunity for President al-Sisi to repair his damaged relationship with the United States.