Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and Europe’s Islamophobes: An Unsavory Alliance

By Eldar Mamedov One of the central strategies the authoritarian regimes of the Middle East use to gain influence in the European Union (EU) is to promote themselves as bulwarks of stability, moderation, and tolerance. They pump up their credentials… Continue Reading  

Something’s Happening and You Don’t Know What It Is, Do You, Mr. Sisi

by Joe Stork The last week of September saw street protests in the Cairo neighborhoods of Warraq and Giza as well as other cities, involving scores and in some cases hundreds of people chanting for the ouster of Egyptian President… Continue Reading  

Understanding Egypt’s Role in Libya’s Civil War

by Giorgio Cafiero and Emily Torjusen External actors continue their deep involvement in Libya’s multifaceted civil war. This year, Turkey has stepped up its support for militias allied with the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.… Continue Reading  

Digital Authoritarianism Is Rising in the Middle East

by Samuel Woodhams Months ago, despite clear evidence to the contrary, President Donald Trump claimed that “nobody has directly pointed a finger” at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. When pressed by… Continue Reading  

Al-Azhar Struggles to Balance Politics and Tradition

by James M. Dorsey When Pope Francis I visited Egypt in 2017 to stimulate inter-faith dialogue he walked into a religious and geopolitical minefield at the heart of which was Al-Azhar, one of the world’s oldest and foremost seats of… Continue Reading