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May 27, 2014

Can Egypt Handle the Summer “Heat”?

Oren Kessler

Originally published in National Interest

‘Ramadan begins this year on June 28. Six weeks later—August 14—is the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian government’s crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, killing at least 683 people in a single day.

Late last year, the government designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization after an attack on a Nile Delta security directorate that killed sixteen (never mind that the attack was perpetrated not by the Brotherhood, but the Sinai-based group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis). Since February, however, violence between Egypt’s two warring camps has remained on a relatively low flame, with monthly death tolls at under ten a month—no picnic, of course, but less than mass murder.’

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Oren Kessler

About Oren Kessler

Oren Kessler is a Henry Jackson Society research fellow focusing on the Middle East. Raised in Rochester, New York and Tel Aviv, Oren lived in Israel from 2006 and 2013, where he was the Jerusalem Post’s Arab affairs correspondent and a writer, editor and translator for Haaretz English Edition. Oren's work has appeared in outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, U.S. News & World Report, The National Interest, National Post, The Weekly Standard, Forbes, World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and Journal of International Security Affairs . He has testified to the UK and EU Parliaments on Middle East issues, and is a regular contributor to broadcast media.

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