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Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack
Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack

Egypt’s Remilitarized Sinai Is a Future Powder Keg

Egypt and Israel are undermining their peace treaty—and it needs to be stopped.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.

Anti-Colonialism Doesn’t Mean Ignoring Human Rights Abuses

Oppression should be condemned, regardless of who is behind it.

The Ever Given after repairs on Nov. 7.
The Ever Given after repairs on Nov. 7.

What the Ever Given Taught the World

The ship that blocked the Suez Canal is now repaired, but consumers and governments ignore its lessons at their peril.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives for a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 3, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives for a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on June 3, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Why Dictators Always Pretend to Love the Law

There’s something farcical—but entirely rational—about the way authoritarians such as Egypt’s Sisi invoke legal justifications for repression.

An Egyptian policeman patrols watch towers at Tora Prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 11, 2020.
An Egyptian policeman patrols watch towers at Tora Prison on the southern outskirts of Cairo on Feb. 11, 2020.

Sisi Is Leaving the Sick to Suffer in Egypt’s Prisons

The Egyptian government has deliberately let a former presidential candidate languish behind bars without proper medical care.

Egyptian demonstrators tear down a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian demonstrators tear down a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

In Alaa al-Aswany’s New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning

“Republic of False Truths” defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.

The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.
The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.

Can Enemies Become Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change?

There are many incentives for cross-border military cooperation—even among adversaries—as climate change worsens.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal
The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

U.S. Secretary of State meets with Egyptian president.
U.S. Secretary of State meets with Egyptian president.

It’s Time for Biden to Get Tough on Sisi

Washington should refuse a security waiver and block $300 million in military assistance to Egypt until Cairo cleans up its act on human rights.

Men work at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
Men work at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Only Washington Can Save the Renaissance Dam Negotiations Now

Since Ethiopia has hampered negotiations, Egypt needs the United States to preserve its access to the Nile.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military parade.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military parade.

Is History Coming for Sisi’s Regime?

The clearest perspective on Egypt’s current military ruler is offered by a dissident who has seen previous ones rise—and fall.

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.
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.
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.
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
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.

A man mourns the death of seven members of a family in Syria
A man mourns the death of seven members of a family in Syria
Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.
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.
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.
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.

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