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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

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.



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.