CNN’s Becky Anderson spoke with Issandr El Amrani, Crisis Group’s North Africa Project Director, about the domestic limitations that the Sisi government in Egypt is facing when formulating policy in Gaza.
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Egypt Silent as Neighbors Wage Battles | Kareem Fahim
Again and again over decades, Egypt has leapt in to play the role of mediator during hostilities between the Palestinians and the Israelis, including the time two years ago when Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, helped broker a cease-fire after eight days of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.
But in the latest battle, the Egyptians appear to be barely lifting a finger, leaving the combatants without a go-between as the Palestinian death toll mounts.
Officials with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza, said on Wednesday they had seen almost no sign of an Egyptian effort to defuse the crisis, in sharp contrast to previous conflicts under Mr. Morsi and President Hosni Mubarak. Making matters worse, according to Palestinian officials, Egypt continued to keep its side of the border all but sealed on Wednesday, barring even humanitarian aid.
FULL ARTICLE (New York Times)
‘Signal’ to Egypt courts over jailed Jazeera trio | AFP
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s stated regret over the trial that imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists was a strong signal to a judiciary whose harsh rulings have prompted international outrage, analysts said.
Sisi, who had previously said it would be inappropriate to remark on court rulings, conceded on Sunday that the lengthy prison sentences in June for the three reporters, including Australian Peter Greste, had had a “negative effect”.
The former army general told Egyptian newspaper editors during a roundtable that he wished the reporters had been deported after their arrest, rather than put on trial.
FULL ARTICLE (Agence France-Presse)
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Egypt After the Election | Zachary Laub
Egyptians will vote for president on May 26–27 in an election expected to ratify Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s rule in a landslide. As army chief, Sisi oversaw the ouster of former president Mohammed Morsi and subsequently served as the country’s de facto leader. In the eleven months since, Egypt’s chief opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been battered by a violent crackdown and legal prohibition; its supporters are boycotting the vote. Though Sisi has eschewed campaigning and his platform remains opaque, he will assume office facing a fragmented state, an economy in shambles, and a low-level insurgency. Four experts: Steven A. Cook, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; Issandr El Amrani, North Africa Project Director at the International Crisis Group; Charles W. Dunne, Director of Middle East and North Africa Programs at Freedom House; and Michael Wahid Hanna, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation, weigh the state of governance in Egypt more than three years after its uprising and the prospects for a Sisi presidency.
FULL ARTICLE (Council on Foreign Relations)
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'Contagion of polarisation' dominates post-Arab Spring scene | Nadeen Shaker
Pundits studying the Middle East often cite Islamism as the most scathing malaise currently afflicting the region. To Issandr El-Amrani, owner of The Arabist blog and project director of International Crisis Group’s North African Project, however, differences between ruling groups, aside from their ideological beliefs, drive polarisation in post-revolutionary Arab countries.
In a lecture at the American University in Cairo on Wednesday, entitled “Egypt, Libya, Tunisia: From the Contagion of Revolution to the Contagion of Polarisation,” El-Amrani developed the metaphor of “contagion” — adapting the domino effect scenario, in which Arab uprisings contagiously spread — to one where “polarisation”, not revolution, was the final outcome.
FULL ARTICLE (Ahram Online)
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Militancy on rise in Egypt | Sarah Lynch
Egyptian militants have intensified violence ahead of a presidential election to pick a replacement for jailed president Mohamed Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood party has called the ouster “a murderous military coup d’etat.”
Militants who seek an Egypt under strict Islamic law are saying the ouster of Morsi and arrests of his leading party members prove that only violence will achieve their aim, analysts said.
"The attacks are increasing in frequency, in intensity and in geographic spread," said Issandr El Amrani, North Africa director for the International Crisis Group, in Cairo.
"We are looking at a spreading armed campaign against the government."
FULL ARTICLE (USA Today)
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Analysis: Reconciliation looks remote in Egypt | IRIN News
The seven months since July’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt have been among the most violent and divisive in recent times, analysts say, as much of society polarizes along pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and pro-army lines.
Reconciliation seems a distant prospect and more remote now, some argue, than in the immediate aftermath of the army takeover.
“The reconciliation opportunity, which existed after Morsi’s overthrow, has disappeared,” said Issandr el Amrani, an International Crisis Group (ICG) analyst on Egypt. “Now that the officials and media call the Brotherhood a `terrorist organization’ and hold them responsible for all the attacks, [the security forces] have to stick to this point of view.”
FULL ARTICLE (IRIN News)
Egypt’s Generals turn to an Old Rival in the Fight against Islamist Militancy in Sinai | Tom Stevenson
For over two years, the Islamist militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) has been launching violent attacks against the Egyptian state in North Sinai. These fighters have been responsible for killing dozens of Egyptians in coordinated bombings, carrying out a handful of assassination attempts, and earlier this month demonstrated a possible change in tactics when suicide attackers blew up a bus killing three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian driver.
Despite regular claims to have killed or captured key militants, the Egyptian government’s attempts to quell the violence from this group have so far proven ineffective. There have been over 300 reported attacks since last July, and the run of attacks shows no sign of abating.
With insecurity in the Sinai peninsula deteriorating and Cairo looking short of options, it is little wonder that it has turned to others for help in tackling the Islamist militancy. However its latest choice of partner may raise some eyebrows.
FULL ARTICLE (Think Africa Press)
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Egyptian cabinet resigns, paving way for military chief to run for president | Abigail Hauslohner
Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his cabinet was resigning, marking yet another abrupt shift in a nation that has been wracked by insurgency and political and economic uncertainty.
“Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic,” Beblawi said in a statement to Egyptian state television.
He did not offer any reason for the surprise move. But the mass resignation paves the way for the country’s powerful military commander, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who is also the country’s defense minister and first deputy prime minister, to run for president.
FULL ARTICLE (Washington Post)
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Russia Backs Egyptian Military Ruler In Attempt To Eclipse U.S. Influence | Sophia Jones
In a high-profile meeting in Moscow this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his full-fledged support for Egypt’s military leader to run for president, a sign of yet another diplomatic tug of war between Russia and the United States in the region.
The nod of approval for Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi comes amid talks of a reported $2 billion Gulf-funded arms deal with Russia, as Egypt seemingly plays the United States and Russia off each other in a bid for aid. With Washington and Moscow battling for power in the Middle East, Egypt’s talks with Russia could further fuel U.S. foreign policy confusion.
FULL ARTICLE (World Post)