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  

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