The biggest source of insecurity in Yemen is not the active presence of al-Qaeda, but rather the power struggles and lethal factionalism within the military and state security entities.
Regardless of its policy performance, a Sisi presidency is not likely to be a disaster. It may disappoint many but it is unlikely to collapse and might evolve in a variety of ways.
The violence carried out by the Algerian People’s National Army against the Islamists is eerily reminiscent of present-day Egypt. Will Egypt–like Algeria in the 1990s–live its ‘black decade’?
Defense Minister General Abdul-Fattah Sisi will almost certainly become Egypt’s next president, but at the cost of taking Egypt back to the first republic.
Recent developments in the Middle East have presented new challenges to the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states.
A big decision from the Israeli prime minister is in the offing, one that could determine whether there will be a two-state solution.
The United States is worried that Egypt is going down a path of persistent instability and that the crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood is going to fuel Islamist extremism and terrorism in Egypt and throughout the region.
Mubarak’s overthrow ushered in more of the same in Egypt—an authoritarian political process. The Egyptian state needs to be completely reinvented.
Tunisia and Morocco are stuck between competing secularist and Islamist conceptions of the true and ideal nation and the role of religion in it.
The United States cannot control what happens in Egypt, but a consistent U.S. stand for democracy and human rights can influence the political trajectory of this important U.S. ally.