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3rd May 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

At White House Meeting with Trump, Abbas Signals Abandonment of Unilateral Statehood Re

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered a strong signal on Wednesday that he would abandon the strategy he pursued in recent years seeking unilateral statehood recognition at international fora in place of peace talks with Israel.

6th April 2017 - CNN

CNN International

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

3rd April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Trump Offers Sisi Praise, but Unclear What Else

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.

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

Trump, Egypt’s leader bond over terror fight

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.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

A Temporary Thaw in Egyptian-PA Relations

Grant Rumley

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hosted his Palestinian Authority counterpart Mahmoud Abbas this week in Cairo for the first official summit between the two leaders in nearly a year.

17th November 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

FDD's deputy director for research Oren Kessler discusses US policies towards Egypt going into the next administration.

19th May 2016 - WPRO News Talk 630

The Dan Yorke Show

Oren Kessler from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, joins the Dan Yorke Show to discuss the EgyptAir jet incident.

19th May 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi joins the show to discuss European business and Iran. Afterwards, FDD Deputy Director for Research Oren Kessler comments on EgyptAir and terrorism in Egypt.

22nd January 2016 - The Hill

Dissent likely to be muted on Egyptian revolution’s fifth anniversary

Monday is the fifth anniversary of Egypt's Jan. 25 revolution, but you'd be forgiven for not noticing.

23rd July 2015 - The Hill

Radical Islam and the Culture War

Michael Ledeen

What are we to do with radical Islam? Ever since 9/11, Western leaders have insisted that we are "not at war with Islam," have sometimes said that "Islam is a religion of peace" and bent over in a multiculti contortion to avoid criticism of the Islamists' calls, and actions, to destroy us....

21st May 2015 - The National Interest

Egypt’s Religious Freedom Farce

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...

18th February 2015 - US News and World Report

Putin in Cairo

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a hero’s welcome last week.

10th February 2015 - Quoted by Lora Moftah - International Business Times

Putin In Egypt: Hero’s Welcome A ‘Slap In The Face’ For Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conspicuously warm welcome in Egypt this week is just the latest example of the dismal state of relations between Cairo and its longtime partners in Washington.

25th January 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Bucking Stereotypes, Egypt’s El-Sisi Fights Terror and Seeks ‘Revolution’ in Islam

As the world continues to grapple with a new wave of Islamic extremism, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has emerged as an unlikely Middle East leader willing to confront terrorism both militarily and ideologically.

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