Tag «Egypt»

27 december
Daniel Djouder

A Circle of Economic Crisis and Political Instability in Egypt

Egypt is arguably the most volatile country in the Maghreb area, barring Libya, presently. Ever since the three decades of “reign” of former president Hosni Mubarak have come to an abrupt end in 2011, the country has been facing the challenges – and instability – that naturally follow such a radical change in the political landscape. In this article I will zoom in on the current Egyptian economic conjuncture heading into 2017, since issues of economic nature were clearly part of the explosive mix that fueled the so-called 25 January Revolution, whose remnants carried on in the ensuing crisis in later years.

01 june
Russian Council

Asymmetric threats to Eastern Mediterranean cooperation

Author: Christianna Liountri, BA in International Relations (Panteion University), BA in Law (National Kapodestrian University of Athens), Middle East research analyst at the Eastern Mediterranean Observatory


Multinational companies willing to invest in Eastern Mediterranean examine the whole range of risks associated with a potential plan to develop oil and gas facilities. The great strategic and economic importance of these facilities make them attractive targets. Even though a conventional war is not a likelihood, an international company assuming cost-benefit approach, will take into consideration «asymmetric threats» which a potential pipeline or offshore platforms could face.


08 may
Russian Council

Publications Review 08.05.2014. Debates about the Middle East and South Asia

This digest was inspired by the ongoing debates about the Middle East and South Asia. History is not letting go of Israel and Palestine, again and again bringing this story to the very center of the international relations. No efficient way to cut this Gordian knot. Yet. Here you will find Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Kazakhstan and at the very end India with its economic dilemmas. And maps to guide you through this tale of many cities.

28 april
RIAC Sandbox

Balancing America in the future of Egypt through strategic cooperation

Author: Giulia Paola Spreafico, graduate student of international relations at Sciences Po university.

During the last three years the Egyptian state has lived through a revolution and a military coup, and has shifted from military dictatorship to Islamic democracy and then again to military dictatorship. The country is highly unstable because of the extremely dangerous interaction between the activity of jihadist groups in Sinai and the political repression pursued by the present government, which could push towards militarization those Islamist movements that since the present moment have limited their activeness to the political and social arenas, like the Muslim Brothers themselves.

20 january
Russian Council

Publications Review 20.01.2014

In this digest you will find: Moscow defense brief, a new publication on situation in Egypt by ECFR, a call for new security framework in the Euro-Atlantic region, a research on the women empowerment in the agricultural sector in Nepal, a feature on BRICS’ soft power projection and an article on how the Iran agreements will alter the economic situation the Latin America.

17 july
Denis Burakov

Why Egypt Needs a New Vision, Not a New President


In early 2011, the world witnessed a hitherto unseen and largely unexpected course of events in the Middle East. Following the eruption of protests ignited by Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunis, the entrenched dictatorships of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen collapsed in domino fashion. Whereas Tunisia and Libya have made considerable progress in institution-building following the fall of their respective dictatorships, political transitions in Yemen and Egypt by and large failed to translate into stable democratic governance. And two-and-a-half years into the Arab Spring, the maelstrom of unrest has once again engulfed the Middle East. Supported by the protesters, Egypt's military coup may put a new leader in charge, but without a new vision and new solutions to pressing problems, neither the Muslim Brotherhood nor the army can alter the current state of affairs.