Egypt

Statement on the Sentencing of Ismail Alexandrani

The Wilson Center is deeply concerned by the process leading to what appears to be an egregious 10-year prison sentence that an Egyptian military court imposed on Ismail Alexandrani, an Egyptian researcher, investigative journalist, and former Wilson Center Fellow.

We have been in touch with the State Department, which has been closely following Alexandrani’s case since his arrest in 2015. The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has raised it several times with the Egyptian government in the context of human rights concerns.

Conversations with Zhou Enlai: The Collection Continues to Grow

The Cold War International History Project has just translated and published 25 of Zhou Enlai's conversations with other world leaders, including Kim Il Sung, Ho Chi Minh, and Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Egypt in the Wake of Presidential Elections

With no serious opposition and despite low turnout, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Sisi is poised to win a landslide reelection.

What do the results tell us about Sisi’s domestic position, his influence within the Egyptian military, and his popularity on the street? And, going forward, does he have an approach or strategy to deal with the economic, political, security, and foreign policy challenges that Egypt faces?

The Political Dilemma: American-Egyptian Relations and the Postwar Petroleum Order

After the Second World War, President Harry Turman's administration developed a strategy to block the spread of Soviet Communism into the Middle East and help maintain the flow of Middle Eastern oil to the West. Often referred to as the Postwar Petroleum Order (PPO), the policy changed frequently from administration to administration, but the overall goal remained: containment of Soviet Communism. However, differences between Lyndon Johnson and Gamal Abdel Nasser would lead to the collapse of the PPO.

Conversations with Zhou Enlai: New Additions to the Collection

Transcripts of Zhou Enlai’s meetings with Ho Chi Minh, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Kim Il Sung among new items added to DigitalArchive.org

An American Journalist Looks Back: Sadat, Begin, and the Palestinians, The Gamble That Helped Spawn a 40-Year Peace

 
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (left) and Prime Minister Menachem Begin in serious talks at the King David Hotel dinner in Jerusalem, 1977. Courtesy of the Press Office of the Government of Israel.
 

Egypt in the Wake of Terror

Last week’s terror attack in northern Sinai surpassed in scale anything the government of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has encountered to date in its battle with Islamic jihadis. Beyond the sheer magnitude of the loss of life, what is the significance of the attack and the implications for Egypt’s security, politics, and governance? What does the attack tell us about the operational capacity of jihadi terror groups in Sinai and throughout the country? Why has the Egyptian government failed to such an extent in its counterterrorism campaign?

Egypt’s Forgotten Nubian Minority

In this episode of TRENDING, Amy Austin Holmes discusses the ongoing persecution of the Nubian minority population in Egypt.  Holmes highlights the recent death of prominent Nubian activist Gamal Sorour, arrested in Egypt last month for taking part in a peaceful protest.

Status Report on Egypt’s Civil Society

In the midst of an ongoing crack down on NGOs and individuals in Egypt that has included arrests and mass trials, we spoke with American University in Cairo Associate Professor Amy Austin Holmes about what she has observed and encountered. Holmes is currently a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program and her status report on the health of Egypt’s civil society provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

 

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