Egypt

A supporter of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, then Egypt’s army chief, holds a military boot on her head in a sign of support for military rule in Cairo on Jan. 28, 2014.

Sisi Learned the Wrong Lessons From Mubarak’s Fall

Wanton repression is building up more pressure for the next uprising.

Cars pass beneath an electronic billboard depicting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the phrase “Together we can” in Cairo on Jan. 15.

Sisi’s Last Stand

The Egyptian president enjoyed relative impunity during the Trump years. Now, an uptick in repression at home—and criticism from abroad—may end up spelling his downfall.

A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump at the Capitol

The Capitol Invasion Was a Coup From Below

Trump borrowed from the playbook of his favorite dictator, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, by inciting a mob to launch an insurrection.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute

As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi walks by the Greek Presidential Guard before meeting with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou in Athens on Nov. 11.

Egypt’s Sisi Intensifies Crackdown on Rights Advocates in Waning Days of Trump Administration

Trump’s “favorite dictator” is racing the clock to jail more political opponents. Will things be different under Biden?

Saudi King Salman (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) receive Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Neom site near Maqnah, Saudi Arabia on Aug. 14, 2018.

What Trump’s Loss Means for Authoritarian Leaders

From Cairo to Riyadh, autocrats are nervous about what a Biden administration might mean for their relationship with Washington.

An airplane of Israel's El Al is adorned with the Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags and the word "peace" in Arabic, English, and Hebrew on arriving at the Abu Dhabi airport in the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE on Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East

Israel’s pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous “cold peace” with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

Workers move iron bars with a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Ethiopia’s Power Play on the Nile Has Left the Region in a Deadlock

As long as the Renaissance Dam remains an instrument in Ethiopia’s bid to control the Blue Nile, negotiations are doomed.

The Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The Ethiopian-Egyptian Water War Has Begun

The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has already started. It’s just happening in cyberspace.

A dhow sails past a crude oil tanker near the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, on Oct. 22, 2019.

UAE Deal Boosts Israeli Oil Pipeline Secretly Built With Iran

The Jewish state is about to play a much bigger role in the region’s energy trade and petroleum politics.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

U.S. Halts Some Foreign Assistance Funding to Ethiopia Over Dam Dispute with Egypt, Sudan

Some U.S. officials fear the move will harm Washington’s relationship with Addis Ababa.

Saudi-led coalition soldiers deploy to the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Aug. 3, 2015, during a military operation against Houthi rebels and their allies.

Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East

The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.

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The Blue Nile Is Dammed

Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.

The construction of an Ethiopian dam on the Nile river is seen.

Trump Mulls Withholding Aid to Ethiopia Over Controversial Dam

The massive Ethiopian dam is a flash point for tensions in Africa—and is now sowing confusion and discord within the U.S. government, with many officials concerned Washington is too much in Egypt’s corner.

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