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Media Microscope: All President Morsi's Men Categories: Egypt, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

This month, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, acting on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood, offered a stunning display of the political adage that one "should never allow a good crisis to go to waste". It was a tectonic shift. August started with Mubarak's cronies running the Supreme Council of Arme

Living with Big Brother

Living with Big Brother Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In a typical Middle Eastern dynamic, what began with a hail of bullets soon produced political casualties, diplomatic fog, and strategic perplexity. The physical fire originally erupted near the Rafah border crossing between the Sinai Desert and the Gaza Strip, when presumably Islamist terrorists a

Morsi's "coup" against the military in Egypt

Morsi's "coup" against the military in Egypt Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update deals with the dramatic announcement by Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi made on Sunday, firing the defence minister and all the heads of the armed forces - the major competing centre of power through  the transitional military council SCAF -

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The Sinai Vacuum

The Sinai Vacuum Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Updates    

This Update is dedicated to the implications of the latest large-scale attack from Sinai into Israel on Sunday, which left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead, but caused no casualties in Israel. A good introduction to the news about the attack and its immediate aftermath appeared in Sharyn

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Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza

Scribblings: Goodbye Gaza Categories: Egypt, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is little doubt that the victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's presidential and parliamentary elections has been a major setback for Israel's foreign and security policy. It is too early to tell how bad this setback is - much will depend on how much control over Egypt's foreign and defe

Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy

Pew Survey of Middle East reveals complex and sometimes conflicted feelings about democracy Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Tunisia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Andrea Nadel

The Pew Research Centre's Global Attitudes Project has just released the results of surveys it conducted throughout the Middle East in the wake of the "Arab Spring." The surveys reveal some interesting insights about attitudes in the Middle East in the wake of the recent uprisings, including how Mid

Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood

Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Barry Rubin

Today, the Muslim Brotherhood is the most important international political organisation in the Arabic-speaking world. It just won the presidency of Egypt and is the dominant party in Egypt's Parliament, having obtained about 47% of the vote there and in the Tunisian Government, having received 40%

O, Brother

O, Brother Categories: Egypt, Middle East     Author: Robert Satloff

For both Middle Easterners and Americans, Muhammad Morsi's victory in Egypt's presidential election is a watershed moment. Eighty-four years after an obscure schoolteacher founded the Muslim Brotherhood, and nearly 60 years since the Egyptian army overthrew King Farouk and established a republic, Mo

Editorial: Egypt as Islamist Epicentre Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Just last month, Tareq al-Suwaidan, a leading Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood figure, was granted a visa to give lectures in Sydney and Melbourne, including at a forum on the campus of Monash University. It was his second visit to Australia. Al-Suwaidan has a long history of espousing antisemitic statem

Egypt under a Muslim Brotherhood President

Egypt under a Muslim Brotherhood President Categories: Egypt, Updates    

This Update focuses on new analysis from noted experts on the likely trajectory of Egypt under its new President, Muhammed Morsi from the Muslim Brotherhood. First is Eric Trager, the expert on Egyptian domestic politics for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who discusses w

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Did Israel's government covet the land it captured as part of the defensive war of June 1967, which ended with Israeli forces in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza? For the most part, not at all, according to 200 pages of newly declassified transcripts from cabinet an

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Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future

Egypt's Uncertain Post-Election Future Categories: Egypt, Israel, Updates    

This Update deals with the aftermath of events in Egypt over the weekend - both the run-off presidential election (which the Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammed Morsi claims to have narrowly won, though his opponent, Ahmed Shafiq, makes the same claim, but election authorities are review

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