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Bold Plans at Egypt’s Economic Summit, But Challenges Linger

14th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Bold Plans at Egypt’s Economic Summit, But Challenges Linger

Oren Kessler

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has a flair for dramatic gestures. In his nine months in office, the Egyptian president has challenged the state’s Islamic establishment to reform the practice of its faith, interrupted Christmas mass at Cairo’s main cathedral to bless Egypt’s long-marginalized Copts, and announced plans for a new and improved Suez Canal to run alongside its aging predecessor. more...

Analysis & Commentary

21st May 2015 – The National Interest

Egypt’s Religious Freedom Farce

Oren Kessler

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt presents himself as an Islamic reformer. He has challenged the sheikhs of Al-Azhar University—Sunni Islam’s preeminent religious institution—to promote moderation, and took the bold step (by Egyptian standards) of wishing worshippers a merry Christmas in Cairo’s Coptic cathedral. The moves are commendable, but do little to alter an unfortunate reality: while Egypt’s penal code prohibits “insulting heavenly religions or those following it,” the law is enforced for just one faith: Sunni Islam. more...

3rd May 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Sisi, Saudi King Discuss Yemen Amid Conflicting Reports Over Ground Troops Presence

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid a brief visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday to discuss the Yemen war and the wider regional landscape with Saudi leaders. more...

13th April 2015 – The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Branches Eulogize Slain Egyptian Jihadist

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have issued eulogies for Hammam Attiyah, who led Ajnad Misr until his death earlier this month. Little is known about Attiyah, but the eulogies are a significant indication that Ajnad Misr operates as part of al Qaeda's international network. more...

14th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Bold Plans at Egypt’s Economic Summit, But Challenges Linger

Oren Kessler

Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has a flair for dramatic gestures. In his nine months in office, the Egyptian president has challenged the state’s Islamic establishment to reform the practice of its faith, interrupted Christmas mass at Cairo’s main cathedral to bless Egypt’s long-marginalized Copts, and announced plans for a new and improved Suez Canal to run alongside its aging predecessor. more...

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