Egypt’s Remilitarized Sinai Is a Future Powder Keg
Egypt and Israel are undermining their peace treaty—and it needs to be stopped.
Anti-Colonialism Doesn’t Mean Ignoring Human Rights Abuses
Oppression should be condemned, regardless of who is behind it.
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.
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.
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.
In Alaa al-Aswany’s New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning
“Republic of False Truths” defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.