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6th April 2017 – CNN

CNN International

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses the implications of Sisi's recent visit with Trump. more...

3rd April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

Oren Kessler

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Washington on Monday for his first-ever White House meeting, his first meeting with President Donald Trump since the November election and the first such visit by an Egyptian head of state in nearly eight years. more...

3rd April 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Oren Kessler , Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore. more...

3rd April 2017 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette, Kevin Liptak, Allie Malloy - CNN

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

Oren Kessler

President Donald Trump warmly welcomed his Egyptian counterpart to the White House on Monday in a visit that's meant to signal a shift in the US approach to Egypt, but could leave both Trump and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi disappointed. more...

31st March 2017 – Democast

Democast TV

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses ISIS insurgency in Sinai, a problem for Egypt and Israel. more...

24th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mubarak Freed, Egypt Shrugs

Oren Kessler

Hosni Mubarak was freed Friday from a military hospital in the Cairo suburb of Maadi, six years after massive crowds ousted him in the seminal episode of the Arab Spring. more...

19th March 2017 – Quoted by Patrick Poole - PJ Media

New Islamic State Video Threatens Egyptian Christians, Shows December Church Suicide Bomber

Oren Kessler

A new video released today by the Islamic State in Egypt (titled "And fight against the disbelievers") targets the Coptic Christian community, which is still reeling from the suicide bombing of a church service inside the main Coptic Christian Cathedral compound in December that killed 29 worshipers and injured dozens more. more...

15th February 2017 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler comments on the Russian ship spotted of the coast of Connecticut, and the implications of broader Russian foreign policy on the US. more...

15th February 2017 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

FDD's deputy director of research Oren Kessler participates in a panel discussion on Netanyahu's first meeting with Trump and its implications on US-Israel relations. more...

12th February 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt Picks Sides in the Syrian War

Oren Kessler

On February 1, a military transport plane left a Russian airbase in Latakia, Syria, landed at an airfield near Egypt’s border with Libya, then returned to Syria. For months there had been unconfirmed reports that Cairo had sent forces to assist the Syrian regime in the country’s civil war and at first glance the flight appeared to have corroborated those suspicions. more...

2nd February 2017 – Quoted by Frederick Deknatel - World Politics Review

If Hamas and Egypt Reconcile, Will It Be on Egypt’s Terms?

Grant Rumley, Oren Kessler

Last week, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ top official in the Gaza Strip, visited Egypt for the first time since 2013, when Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-aligned former president, was ousted in a coup. more...

26th January 2017 – WHUTTV

The Mimi Geerges Show

Oren Kessler

FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler discusses the Egypt's recent church bombing, daily indignities suffered by the Copts, and what the current regime is doing (or not doing) to address it. more...

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage -

What will Trump mean for US ties with Israel’s peaceful Arab neighbors?

Oren Kessler

The incoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break from President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. For Egypt and Jordan, the only two Arab countries that have peace treaties with Israel and two of the most reliable U.S. allies in the Middle East, the Trump administration will provide new opportunities and challenges going forward on issues such as Islamic extremism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the status of Jerusalem. more...

30th December 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage-

Experts: Kerry farewell speech on Israelis and Palestinians places ‘posturing over policy’

Oren Kessler

The timing of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s so-called farewell speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seemed to stem largely from “personal animosity” between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the address obsessively focused on Israeli settlements while ignoring illegal Palestinian building in the West Bank, experts said. more...

28th December 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Address: More Posturing Than Policy

Oren Kessler

Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech lasting over an hour on Wednesday, laid out six “principles” for achieving Israeli-Palestinian peace. more...

27th December 2016 – Fox Business

Making Money with Charles Payne

Oren Kessler

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Managing Director of Turnvest Partners Al Angrisani and Defense of Democracies research fellow Oren Kessler discuss the relationship between President Obama and PM Netanyahu. more...

23rd December 2016 – The Hill

Why did Egypt risk ties to Israel and Trump with UN resolution?

Oren Kessler

Egypt on Wednesday night circulated a draft U.N. Security Council resolution calling upon Israel to "immediately and completely" cease all construction in West Bank settlements and in East Jerusalem. The next day, Egypt announced it had postponed the move, after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke out against it after reportedly coming under Israeli pressure to do so. more...

29th November 2016 – Foreign Affairs

Egypt’s Unlikely Ardor for Trump

Oren Kessler

More than three weeks after the election, the American public remains divided over Donald Trump’s surprise victory. Six thousand miles away, however, one U.S. ally has demonstrated a far more unified response. more...

23rd November 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Israeli-Egyptian Relations Reach “Highest Level in History”

Oren Kessler

Egyptian-Israeli relations are at their “highest level in history,” regional analysts told the Qatari-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera on Monday, with Cairo and Jerusalem having forged a “full partnership and unbreakable alliance.” more...

20th November 2016 – Quoted by Zena Tahhan - Al Jazeera

Egypt-Israel relations ‘at highest level’ in history

Oren Kessler

Almost four decades since former Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat extended a hand of peace to Israel, the two governments have reached "full partnership and unbreakable alliance", analysts say. more...