Monthly Archives: July 2015

A collection of posts on the recent Turkish move in Syria and Iraq

Here is a selection of articles on the recent Turkish decision to strike the Kurdish PKK and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. First, this EDAM discussion paper articulates the possible rationale of the recent Turkish intervention: “The rationale for … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 30 ( July 20 – 26)

Top Headlines France delivers first batch of Rafale fighter jets to Egypt. (Monday) Egypt’s most wanted militant urges jihad against Sisi. (Wednesday) Ships cross Egypt’s New Suez Canal in first test-run. (Saturday) Egypt extends state of emergency in North Sinai … Continue reading

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Iran Deal: A potential kiss of death for liberalism in the Middle East

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram. After 12 years of diplomatic proposals and 20 months of tough negotiations, theocratic Iran and world powers have reached a nuclear deal that, regardless of its potential advantages, is undoubtedly a victory for smart illiberalism and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 29 ( July 13- 19)

Top Headlines Italy vows to help Egypt fight terrorism (Monday) El-Sisi says Al-Azhar has failed to renew Islamic discourse (Tuesday) Egypt’s Islamic State affiliate claims rocket attack on naval boat (Thursday) Islamic State claims attack on military checkpoint in North … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 28 ( July 6-12)

Top Headlines Egypt’s Sisi approves new parliamentary election law. Thursday The Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif died on Friday at the age of 83. Friday Car bombing at Italian Consulate in Cairo kills one. Saturday  Main Headlines   Monday Egypt’s State … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gradualism in Power

Two years after the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Morsi, many still wonder how the Muslim Brotherhood failed in Egypt. Yesterday, Hudson Institute’s Senior Fellow Samuel Tadros  summarized what went wrong in few insightful tweets, which definitely worth sharing. People … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 27 ( June 29 – July 5)

Top Headlines Car bomb kill Egypt’s public prosecutor (Monday) Egyptian army counter a major attack by militants in Sinai (Wednesday) Israel’s IDF has reportedly decided to grant all Egyptian requests to reinforce troops in Sinai Egypt’s Sisi inspect security forces … Continue reading

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Sinai’s Violence: A Timeline ( 2004 – 2015)

Following the recent terror attacks in Sinai, some tried to portray the violence as an armed insurgency in response to July 3 coup against Morsi. Sinai militancy, however, has been ongoing before Morsi, continued during his tenure, and after his … Continue reading

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Violent Islamism: Our amazing disgrace

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram Friday’s carnage on three continents, in which scores of people died in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France has appalled the global community and reinforced international condemnation of the Islamic State (IS), which has claimed responsibility for them. … Continue reading

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