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As tripartite talks resume, Egypt fears long-sought binding agreement on GERD may be mirage

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan reached an agreement on Tuesday to restart negotiations over Ethiopia’s mega-dam under the auspices of the African Union in a joint teleconference meeting between the foreign affairs and irrigation ministries of the three countries, according to an Egyptian government source familiar with the negotiations.

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Egypt’s Emerging Ruling Class

Egypt’s military commercial enterprises are no longer a black box, opening new possibilities for understanding the extent of waste and corruption in the Arab world’s most populous country. The dramatic transformation of the military economy under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is less a function of an increasingly militarized political economy …

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The Chronic Underperformance of Egypt’s Military Economy

The historical pattern of Egypt’s development model puts the military at the center as economic savior. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi did not invent the military’s fixation on controlling the economy for political ends, but after decades of military involvement in the economy, Egypt continues to slide lower on all …

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Eritrea shifts course on Egypt-Ethiopia dispute over Nile dam

The visit of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki to the site of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) during his official visit to Ethiopia on Oct. 13 raised several questions about the impact of such rapprochement on the Egyptian diplomatic moves to galvanize the support of the neighboring countries for Egypt in the …

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An Egyptian or Russian message?

Last week, the Russian Ministry of Defence announced that the Russian and Egyptian parties will meet in order to prepare for joint naval exercises to be held in the Black Sea under the name “Friendship Bridge 2020”. In December 2019, Russia and Egypt held naval exercises in the Mediterranean with …

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Would Biden really put a stop to blank cheques for Egypt’s Sisi?

It was on January 27, 2011 that then US vice president Joe Biden said on PBS NewsHour that he would not refer to Hosni Mubarak as a dictator. This was of course during the eventually successful January 25 revolution that toppled Mubarak – a time when Egyptian protesters were being murdered …

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