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The Enduring Challenge of Engaging Islamists: Lessons from Egypt, by Shadi Hamid

In the wake of the 1992 military coup in Algeria, the first Bush administration began grappling with the question of what to do about Islamist parties participating in – and winning – elections. In the two decades since, the United States has struggled to develop working, productive relationships with mainstream …

The EU and Egypt: Repeating past mistakes?

The 26 May presidential election in Egypt represents very different things to different domestic political groups, depending on the number of their party members currently in prison. The election also represents yet another challenge for members of the international community struggling to understand the country and craft appropriate diplomatic responses. …

US supports Egypt on security issues, urges political inclusiveness

The US on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to its shared interests with Cairo while at the same time urging political inclusivity in Egypt’s progress towards democracy. Washington’s remarks were made during separate meetings convened by Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and National Security Advisor Susan Rice with visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.

Egypt’s ‘shallow state’ and Hamas

Egypt’s banning of Hamas is unique throughout the history of Arab relationships, and it’s likely to backfire. Egypt’s current “deep state” seems to be “deep” only in security and bureaucracy, while its performance in politics and strategy continues to be “shallow”. The latest episode showcasing such shallowness – including the …

Egypt's 'shallow state' and Hamas

Egypt’s banning of Hamas is unique throughout the history of Arab relationships, and it’s likely to backfire. Egypt’s current “deep state” seems to be “deep” only in security and bureaucracy, while its performance in politics and strategy continues to be “shallow”. The latest episode showcasing such shallowness – including the …