Special Reports

Egypt Parliament Watch: Mid-Session Report October 2016 – May 2017

Egypt’s House of Representatives began its second session on October 1, 2016. The body gathered in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on October 9 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of parliamentary politics in Egypt. The event was an international affair and President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi delivered a speech in which he described the parliament as “the most pluralistic chamber in the country’s history.” However, despite its apparent pluralism,

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TIMEP Brief: European Arms Sales to Egypt

Although the United States continues to be its chief provider, Egypt has diversified its weapons supply, purchasing more arms from Europe and Russia since 2014 than ever before. Europe and Russia have welcomed sales to Egypt (and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa) as their traditional market (NATO allies and other European states) has not grown since 2012. The increased ties that the arms sales have engendered between European countries

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A Fragile Egypt in a Changing World: Six Years After the Revolution

Amid turmoil in the Middle East and changes in world leadership, much has been made of Egypt’s stability, but already in 2017 we have seen how much of this is illusory, with terrorism, sectarianism, and social and economic upheaval rampant, and legal and constitutional concerns remain. “A Fragile Egypt in a Changing World” explores the issues facing Egypt, taking a deep dive into the events of 2016 through a summary, background, and analysis,

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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Omnibus Spending Bill Reflects Changes to U.S. Assistance to Egypt

On May 5, President Donald Trump signed the fiscal year 2017 Omnibus Appropriations bill into law, legislating funding levels for U.S. government programs, including the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) budget. After deliberations in the House of Representatives and Senate since the first versions of the bills were released in June of last year, this legislation was publicly released on May 1, and passed the House on May 3 and the Senate on

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TIMEP Brief: Press Freedom in Egypt

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

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SPECIAL BRIEFING: Leaked Video of Extrajudicial Killings Connected to Military

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

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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Combating al-Qaeda in Syria: A Strategy for the Next Administration

In 2017, the conflict in Syria will reach its seventh year of violence. In the past six years, we have witnessed at least 450,000 deaths in Syria, with close to 17,000 casualties in 2016 alone. The attempted ceasefire agreements to end the bloodshed have failed up to this point, serving primarily as a way for the government of Bashar al-Assad to advance its priorities with the support of powerful members of the international community, most prominently

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Egypt Parliament Watch: Session One Report

العربية When, on January 10, 2016, Egypt’s current legislature gathered under the dome of the parliament building, the country completed the final step in its “democratic roadmap.”  This roadmap had been announced in 2013 by Abdel Fattah El-Sisi upon the ouster of former president Muhammad Morsi; defense minister under Morsi, Sisi declared that the transition to democratic rule would require selecting a new president (which saw Sisi’s

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Quarterly Report: 2015 Q4

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 has always been dynamic, responding to the changing contours of the situation on the ground and to the needs of its audience. After producing the project’s first comprehensive report in late 2014, we issued monthly reports on the project’s

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