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  

Trump’s Disastrous Plan for the Muslim Brotherhood

by Emile Nakhleh The Trump administration’s on-going discussions to designate the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a terrorist organization would harm America’s national security and destabilize Sunni Muslim countries, many of whom are presumed allies of the United States. Despite objections to… Continue Reading  

More Egyptian “Shootouts” or More Extrajudicial Killings?

by Joe Stork Egypt’s Interior Ministry on April 11 posted  on its official Facebook page a familiar statement: security forces “exchanged fire” with a “terrorist cell” in the north Sinai city of al-Arish, killing 11. The reported incident occurred a… Continue Reading  

EU Turns Blind Eye to Sisi’s Repression at Summit with Arab League

by Rana Allam In one on the most beautiful spots in the world, EU leaders attended a high-level meeting with the Arab League at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi to discuss migration, security, and terrorism. The meeting… Continue Reading  

Egyptian Prisons as Islamic State Recruitment Centers

by Joe Stork When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Cairo on January 10, he commended President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi for his “leadership” in combating “the ongoing threat of terrorism as well as the radical Islamism that fuels it.” In fact,… Continue Reading