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July 5, 2017

Egypt
Egypt’s Leader Faces a Crisis of His Own Making—One That Reveals His Nation’s Dangerous Weakness

Two obscure islands that many Egyptians didn't even know about suddenly threaten President Sisi's regime.

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June 8, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Lord's Resistance Army Persists

African Union (AU) Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat announced that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has abducted over seven hundred people and displaced hundreds more in 2017. In February, it …

Lord's Resistance Army Caesar Achellam

March 8, 2017

Development
International Women’s Day

This post is co-authored by Anne Connell, assistant director of the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an int…

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January 31, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Elite Reaction to President Trump’s Travel Ban

It is too soon to say what the lasting consequences will be of President Trump’s “travel ban” of the citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries and his 120-day suspension of all refugee admissi…

DlaminiZuma Refugee Ban

July 1, 2016

United States
Fourth of July 2016 Reading

What Team Cook is reading over the Fourth of July weekend.

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November 9, 2015

Egypt
Egypt: Into the Unknown

The Egyptian state is weak. The country’s leaders are in a state of either panic or perpetual confusion. No one is in control. As in the darkest, most contested days of former President Mohammed Mors…

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October 21, 2015

Egypt
Interest and Intrigue in Egypt’s Parliamentary Elections

H. A. Hellyer contributed this guest post on the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections. I hope you find it interesting. Egyptians voted this week for the eighth time in four years—ten if you count…

HellyerGuestPost

July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Reading

Here is what Team Cook is reading during the long holiday weekend: Steven Cook – Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood—A History in Thirteen Centuries by Justin Marozzi. Lauren Cook – Disclaimer by…

WR07022015

April 9, 2015

Iran
Neither Shocked nor Awed: The Arab Reaction to the Iran Deal

My research associate, Amr Leheta, wrote this terrific post on the Arab reaction to the framework agreement between the P5+1 and Iran. Enjoy! “The Nuclear Agreement…A Strategic Earthquake in the Mid…

Neither Shock nor Awe

February 2, 2015

Egypt
Revolutionizing Religion in Sisi’s Egypt

This blog post was written by my research associate, Amr Leheta. “We need a religious revolution!” Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared those words a month ago as he addressed senior rel…

Revolutionizing Religion in Sisi's Egypt