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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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Russia’s alarming attempts to establish influence in Egypt

Ramy Aziz

Russia is challenging the West, including its current effort in gaining a foothold in Syria and in a number of countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The situation in Syria serves as a very clear example of Russian meddling, but the actual challenge does not stop there. To take but one striking recent example: in December 2017, at a summit with the Egyptian president in Cairo, after signing the final contracts to establish the El Dabaa nuclear plant, Putin said that he was trying to create more cooperation with Egypt, and described the country as an old and reliable partner in the Middle East and North Africa

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Sisi’s Supporters

Maged Atef

To measure Sisi’s popularity during the recent Egyptian presidential elections, supporters and opponents of President al-Sisi both published photos: of crowded polling stations, or of empty polling stationsSisi’s opponents did not limit themselves to publishing pictures of empty polling stations and stories of forced mobilization on the part of the government. Rather, they took one step further and accused everyone who voted for being “a panderer,” “a tramp,” “a mercenary,” or “a sell-out.”

Kurdish opposition parties lost in May 12th election: Does fraud explain it?

Yerevan Saeed

The Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) announced the official results of the Iraqi parliamentary election on the early hours of May 19th after several delays. In Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the unofficial and the official results were mired by claims of widespread fraud of the elections in favor of the two ruling parties -- the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party

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U.S. Adherence to The Nuclear Gold Standard Would Push Saudi Arabia Toward Other Countries

Ahmed Al-Quiasy

Meetings between U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, and Saudi negotiators have begun paving the way for U.S. companies to sell nuclear technology to the kingdom. The Saudis are likely to reject any deal that does not give them the option of enriching uranium at a low level. So far, however, the U.S. insists that its “gold standard” prohibits this option, as in the “123” deal it reached with the UAE.

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The Muslim Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia: From Then to Now

Mohamed Mokhtar Qandil

Many debates raged on Saudi Arabia’s relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood when King Salman bin Abdulaziz first came to power. Some say that Salman’s ascension represented a revolt against the Brotherhood, while others claimed that some aspects of Brotherhood thought remained influential in the country. In early 2015, the late Saud al-Faisal, as the Kingdom’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivered an ambiguous diplomatic address in which he said, “We do not have any problem with the Muslim Brotherhood.