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  

Arab Protests 2.0

by James M. Dorsey Momentous developments across Arab North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region as well as the greater Middle East is still in its infancy. So does popular discontent in Syria… Continue Reading  

Does Egypt Execution Spree Rest on Coerced Confessions?

by Joe Stork Egypt’s February 20 execution of nine men brought the total number of judicial executions so far this month to at least 15. The nine had been convicted for their alleged roles in the June 2015 car-bomb assassination… Continue Reading  

Egypt Blacks Out Coverage of Sisi’s 60 Minutes Interview

by Joe Stork CBS’s flagship news program 60 Minutes provocatively promoted its interview with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as “the interview Egypt’s government doesn’t want on TV.” After CBS recorded the interview, Egypt’s ambassador to the United States as… Continue Reading