Egypt

Finding the Key to Middle Eastern Secrets in Prague

When the first flurries of snow started falling from the sky, I wanted to cry. Prague was already too cold for me. Being an Israeli, I was accustomed to mild winters. Nothing compared to the harsh, biting frost sweeping across the Czech capital. Every time I entered a restaurant I had only one request: polevka (soup). I hoped it would warm me somewhat. Why had cruel destiny placed me in Prague in November 2004?

The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East

 Guy Laron will discuss his latest book, The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East, which investigates the causes and consequences of one of the most significant moments in the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as the Cold War in the Middle East.

The Arab World Upended: Arab Spring Inspired Book Tracks the Aftermath of Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt

David Ottaway, first as a correspondent for the Washington Post and now as a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, has been fascinated by revolutions and has also been reporting from the region for decades. His just released book, “The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt,” provides deep analysis of the forces that inspired the uprisings of the Arab Spring and also assesses the current state of affairs in those countries. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

After the autocratic regimes in the seemingly unassailable police states of Tunisia and Egypt suddenly collapsed in 2011, the Islamic parties that took over quickly succumbed in turn to further massive uprisings, this time by disaffected secularists and, in the case of Egypt, with the support of the army. What explains this? And why do the current regimes in both countries remain so fragile?

Vilification of Saudi Arabia Serves No Good Purpose

The vilification of Saudi Arabia has become a fashionable but highly risky game in Washington today.  Congress has passed overwhelmingly a bill that would lift Saudi Arabia’s sovereign immunity to allow 9/11 families to sue its government for its alleged support of the worst terrorist attack ever inside the United States.

Sinai Province: Egypt's ISIS Affiliate

The Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt – known as Sinai Province – is one of the most effective ISIS branches, given its small fighting force and the large number of casualties it inflicts. In October 2015, the group claimed responsibility for bombing Russia-bound Metrojet Flight 9268, killing all 224 passengers.

Students and Democratization in Egypt

Students at Egyptian universities have joined the public protest against Egypt’s recent agreement with Saudi Arabia to give up control of the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tiran. The students chanted “the people want the downfall of the regime,” a slogan that was often repeated during the 2011 revolution.

Looting and Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East

Looting and Trafficking of Antiquities in the Middle East

April 7, 2016

Four experts shared their analyses on the threat that looting and trafficking of antiquities from archaeological sites poses to the survival of cultural heritage.

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