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.



The Sinai: Jihadism's Latest Frontline

Evan W. Burt

Updated November 2017

Did the Soviet Union Deliberately Instigate the 1967 War in the Middle East?

Egyptian sources suggest Moscow was taken aback by the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

The origins of the 1967 Six-Day War have long been a source of controversy among historians. Discerning the motives of regional and international actors through the thick fog of war and the preceding crisis is a challenging task.

At the End of the Sixth Day

Dayan prepared for the Soviet army; Nasser prepared for an Israeli takeover of the Suez Canal

The 1967 Arab-Israeli war, often called the “Six-Day War,” has long been considered a decisive military victory for the small Jewish state over the coalition of four Arab countries that had threatened to destroy it.

Ceausescu and the Six-Day War: The View from Washington and London

British and American sources show the impact of Ceauşescu’s stance toward the Arab-Israeli war on his international image

Romania’s neutrality in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War distinguished it from other Eastern bloc states. Yet there is a common misperception that Bucharest’s anti-Soviet animus drove its positions during the Six-Day War.

How the GDR Capitalized on the Arab-Israli Conflict

The Six-Day War, viewed from East Berlin

News of Arab defeat in the Six-Day War initially came as a blow to the German Democratic Republic. Egypt—an Arab geostrategic partner whose attentions East Germany desired and courted—lost most of its aircraft in just a few hours, having been taken by surprise by the Israeli Aviation Forces (IAF). While at first it seemed that the Arab states could defeat Israel, by the end of the week it became clear that the Arab coalition had suffered another severe loss.