As coronavirus infections continue to rise in Egypt, the country also faces other serious threats. How will Egypt deal with urgent challenges such as the Ethiopian dam crisis and Nile water scarcity, rising military tensions in Libya, and long-marginalized regions including the Sinai?
The Egyptian military may intervene in neighboring Libya, but it likely wants to avoid a major confrontation.
In many countries, the pandemic is providing justifications for crackdowns on rights, changes in law, and postponement of elections. What is happening in Egypt?
Along the Egypt-Sudan border, tensions have been rising for several decades despite limited efforts at cooperation. Both countries need to reexamine their border policies to prevent further escalation.
How hard will Egypt be hit by the pandemic’s health effects? To what extent is its health system meeting the challenge?
Having lost the cushion of Gulf support, many Arab states are looking for external financing from international financial institutions and other donors such as China (particularly in North Africa) and the United States.
Egyptian and Turkish military businesses have used their institutional privileges to dominate their respective economies, but they have key differences. Turkey’s military businesses are centrally managed while Egypt’s use multiple complex conglomerates.
Egypt has a yawning generation gap and a regime that wants to reach youth. A new academy may help, but Egypt’s past is littered with similar, failed attempts.
COVID-19 creates specific challenges for Muslim religious authorities pertaining to assembly, practice, and policy. With public health measures affecting Muslim worshippers the most during the month of Ramadan, authorities must answer questions from individual citizens and political actors alike.
Egypt’s military has allowed civilians to lead the coronavirus response, but some things are troubling.