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June 9, 2014

Egypt
The Banality of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

This article was originally published here on ForeignAffairs.com on Sunday, June 8, 2014.  “I wish I was like Nasser,” Egypt’s new president, the retired field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told Egyp…

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June 9, 2014

Politics and Government
Hello (Ahlan), Abdul Fattah al-Sisi: President of Egypt

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi took the oath of office as Egypt’s new president yesterday.  He succeeded the interim president, Adly Mansour. And who appointed Mansour? Why, Sisi himself after he and the Egypt…

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April 6, 2018

Egypt
With Freedom and Justice for Sisi

The arc of Egypt’s history is flat, and it bends toward autocracy.

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March 27, 2014

Egypt
Sisi 2014!

This article was originally published here on ForeignPolicy.com on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hung up his military uniform today, launching a process that will ine…

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September 29, 2015

Egypt
Sisi’s Struggle for Egypt

I have always wondered why leaders of foreign countries feel the need to publish opinion pieces in American newspapers of record. Who exactly are they trying to influence? The folks at the White Hous…

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April 3, 2017

Egypt
Egypt Goes From Bad to Worse: Under President Sisi, the Nation Longs for the Good Old Days of Mubarak

Five years after the Arab Spring, Egyptians under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are further from democracy than ever.

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November 6, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
What Relationship with the United States Does Sisi Want?

What kind of relationship with the United States does Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi really want? Friendly and cooperative, or characterized by hostile charges, suspicions, and conspiracy the…

Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Fayza Abu El-Naga before signing a trade agreement during the Developing Eight (D-8) summit on the Indonesian island of Bali May 13, 2006. (Beawiharta: Reuters)

March 10, 2016

Egypt
Sisi Wags His Finger

It may seem that the Egyptian president is losing control of Egyptian politics and society, but he likely never had full control over it in the first place.

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March 2, 2016

Middle East and North Africa
President Sisi and the Status of Christians in Egypt

There are a lot of fans of Egypt’s President Sisi nowadays in Washington, who argue that he is fighting terrorism and deserves American support. Those fans ought to be aware of the ongoing persecuti…

April 8, 2022

Sudan
Junta and Public at Odds in Sudan

Sudan’s military junta and Sudan’s citizens have fundamentally different visions for the country’s future.

Man in white shirt carries large Sudanese flag during protests in the capital city, Khartoum.