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Quarterly Report: 2016 Q1

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this threat. The project is dynamic, responding to the changing contours of the situation on the ground and to the needs of its audience. This second quarterly report covers the period of January 2016 to March 2016.

The quarterly reports include an elaboration of trends in terror attacks and counter-terror operations, cover important developments in Egypt’s security sector, and provide analysis of contextual developments, drawing on the breadth of TIMEP’s institutional knowledge. This format not only provides information on trends, but will offer a richer understanding of Egypt’s overall security situation and its trajectory.

Our quarterly reports feature three sections:

  • Terrorism: With information detailing notable attacks, terror group developments, and trends, this section provides a picture of the threat posed to Egypt from actors seeking to use political violence to create a climate of fear in the country.
  • Counter-terrorism: Mirroring the previous one, this section will focus on the state’s stated efforts to combat terrorists (as it defines them), detailing notable operations, developments within the security sector, and trends.
  • Legal and Political Context: This section explores the larger political and legal contexts in which the state carries out its declared “war on terror,” examining relevant juridical developments, legislation, and political actions and discourses.

As with all of our work at TIMEP, we are committed to furthering policies toward the region that both foster safety and security for its citizens, while recognizing that these must be based on a sincere and comprehensive respect for human rights and the rule of law. We hope that these reports will contribute to a sound understanding of the security situation necessary to inform this policy approach.

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