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Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion Categories: Egypt, Middle East, United States     Author: James Traub

Had Mr. Obama had the chance to read Ike's Gamble, Michael Doran's account of President Dwight D. ("Ike") Eisenhower's statecraft before, during and after the Suez Crisis of 1956, he might have saved his breath. Mr. Doran, a scholar and former State and Defence Department official in the George W. B

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The Decline of Wilayat Sinai

The Decline of Wilayat Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Wilayat Sinai, an organisation identified with Islamic State, has recently suffered a series of serious blows from the Egyptian Army. Most prominent among them was the air strike in early August 2016 that killed dozens of senior commanders, launched as part of a targeted campaign against terrorism i

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Israel’s diplomatic spring

Israel’s diplomatic spring Categories: Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Israel, in short, had always had at any given time at least two friends within the Turkish-Iranian-Egyptian triangle. In 2012, however, all three were at odds with the Jewish state. Four years on, the tables have turned.

Islands of Stability?

Islands of Stability? Categories: Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia     Author: Eran Lerman & Joshua Teitelbaum

Having played a major role in sustaining the present Egyptian regime against political and economic challenges, the Saudis were now in a position to finalise the restoration of their sovereignty over the islands, control of which they had ceded to Egypt back in 1949 in the context of the latter's be

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

Hamas and ISIS in Sinai

Hamas and ISIS in Sinai Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update is devoted to new evidence of increasing cooperation between Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, and ISIS - especially in terms of their branch in Sinai fighting the Egyptian regime, calling itself their Sinai Province ("Wilayat Sinai"). It also looks at Israel's challenges in confrontin

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