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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Omnibus Spending Bill Reflects Changes to U.S. Assistance to Egypt
TIMEP
05/11/2017
Focus on Military Solutions Perpetuates the Threat of Jihadism
Hassan Hassan
05/08/2017

This article was first published on arabyouthsurvey.com, and is reprinted here with their kind permission. Sixteen years into the war on terror, al-Qaeda presents an ever-greater threat to the world, and especially to the region, in terms of strength, number, and relevance. The group has more followers than it did and has ensconced itself in insurgencies across the region. Then there is the Islamic State, which emerged in the wake of the invasion

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TIMEP Brief: Press Freedom in Egypt
TIMEP
05/03/2017

The Egyptian government uses policies ranging from harassment and imprisonment of individual journalists to media blackouts and channel closures to stifle freedom of the press In 2016, Egypt had 25 journalists in prison and was ranked as the third-worst jailer of journalists in the world. Following the police storming the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists for the first time in Egyptian history and the ratification a law that created a new media monitoring

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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Leaked Video of Extrajudicial Killings Connected to Military
TIMEP
04/21/2017

This briefing was updated on April 26, 2017. Initial reports described the uniformed men in the video as members of the Egyptian Armed Forces, but later reports made it clear that they are military-backed militiamen. This version of the briefing corrects that description, among other updates. .articleUL {margin-left: 40px; padding: 0px;} .articleUL LI {padding: 10px;} An April video released by Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mekameleen channel depicts

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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Palm Sunday Bombings
TIMEP
04/21/2017

Twin bombs at Coptic Orthodox cathedrals in Alexandria and Tanta exploded on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, killing 47 and injuring up to 113. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed the attack, which occurred less than five months after the bombing at St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church, an attack that left 28 dead and was also claimed by the group. The Alexandria attack targeted St. Mark’s Cathedral, the traditional seat of Christianity in

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The Dueling Narratives of the Islamic State and the Egyptian State
Dr. Nancy Okail and Jake Greene
04/19/2017

When President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi at the White House earlier this month, Trump applauded Sisi’s efforts to fight terrorism in Egypt as Sisi boasted about his success.  Since those meetings, however, the Islamic State is actively challenging his narrative through its intensive attacks and media campaign this month. The Islamic State’s affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, Wilayat Sinai or Sinai Province,

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What Comes Next in Syria?
Bilal Alaa
04/18/2017

At first glance, it may appear that U.S. President Donald Trump has won this round thanks to his attack on the Shayrat airfield, which was used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to attack Khan Sheikhoun with chemical weapons. The airstrikes were presented as a deliberate action to showcase the difference between Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama, scoring Trump a point in the comparison. Assad’s renewed use of chemical weapons

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The Rush for Raqqa Overlooks ISIS’ Next Moves
Hassan Hassan
04/06/2017

If you believe reporting coming out of the group’s capital in Syria over the past few weeks, Islamic State members are nowhere to be seen in Raqqa. American officials, local activists, and fleeing residents have claimed that many of the group’s leaders and those in charge of running the city either fled or disappeared, relocating to safe havens down the Euphrates river. While U.S.-backed Kurdish forces are advancing on Raqqa, and indeed gains

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Understanding Egyptian Policy Toward Libya
Mieczysław Boduszyński, Mohamed ‘Arafa
03/28/2017

Egypt’s policy toward Libya has been driven by legitimate security concerns, economic ties, a desire for stability in its western neighbor, and the political and ideological goals of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi and his backers, who seek to sideline the Muslim Brotherhood at home and abroad and install strong-armed rule in Libya as a bulwark against instability. Contradictions in Cairo’s position—supporting the United Nations-led

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How the Egyptian Government Endorses Torture
Sherif Azer
03/22/2017

Egypt’s problems with torture are well documented. Inhumane practices that cause humiliation, severe psychological damage, and even death have become systematic inside Egyptian police stations, detention centers, and prisons. The El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence—an Egyptian nonprofit group specialized in aiding victims of torture which was recently shut down by the authorities—reported in its last report that in

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