Sisi Learned the Wrong Lessons From Mubarak’s Fall
Wanton repression is building up more pressure for the next uprising.
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.
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.
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.
Betrayed by Their Leaders, Failed by the West, Arabs Still Want Democracy
The Arab world is trapped in a state of permanent revolution.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute
U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Blue Nile Is Dammed
Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.
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.