Commentary

SPECIAL BRIEFING: Leaked Video of Egyptian Military Servicemen’s Extrajudicial Killings of Civilians
TIMEP
04/21/2017

An April video released by Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mekameleen channel depicts Egyptian servicemen carrying out extrajudicial killings of civilians. The video has been shared widely, prompting serious concerns about violations of international and domestic law. The video also raises questions about Egypt’s declared war on terror in the Sinai, particularly about the targets of its counter-insurgency operations. Since mid-2013, 6,268 deaths

Read more
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,

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
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

Read more
FDI Isn’t Enough for Egypt
Osama Diab
03/13/2017

Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC), an event hyped by the Egyptian government and business community in an effort to restore trust in Egypt’s economy and bring in much-needed foreign cash. Since the conference, foreign direct investment (FDI) has indeed increased, but that does not necessarily bring good news to the unemployed and wage earners. The EEDC might be succeeding in giving Egypt more

Read more
Mubarak’s Acquittal and the State of Transitional Justice in Egypt
Mai El-Sadany
03/10/2017

In a final verdict on March 2, Egypt’s Court of Cassation acquitted former President Hosni Mubarak of ordering the killing of protesters during the January 25 Revolution in 2011. Mubarak had been added as a defendant to the case in May 2011, two months after it was first brought against former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his aides. In June 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for being an “accessory to murder,” but the

Read more
Expert Q&A on Egypt’s Bread Protests
TIMEP
03/09/2017

On Tuesday March 7, protests broke out across Egypt in response to a rumored proposal from Egypt’s supply minister, Ali Meselhi, a Mubarak-era figure that was appointed in a cabinet reshuffle this February. Meselhi’s proposal would have effectively reduced daily subsidized bread loaves per recipient from five to three for Egyptians holding paper subsidy cards (which allow them to live in one governorate but work and purchase bread in another),

Read more
Christians Flee North Sinai Violence
A Correspondent in Sinai
03/07/2017

Over the past three weeks, approximately 140 Coptic Christian families fled the city of Arish, the capital of North Sinai, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity’s office in Arish. The exodus comes after the families were threatened with death by Wilayat Sinai (the Islamic State’s “Sinai Province”) as well as the killing of seven Coptic individuals in armed attacks by the group this February. Three of the victims were killed

Read more

Bassem Sabry Fellowship

TIMEP on Facebook

Subscribe to Our Mailing List

* indicates required