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Category Archives: Egypt

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December 20, 2013

Fear and Loathing in the Sinai

First published in The Journal of International Security Affairs
Just weeks after overthrowing President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the Egyptian military launched a campaign against “violence and terrorism” in the country, featuring a large-scale crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. Some 1,000 Egyptians protesting Morsi’s …

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Terrorism & Security
December 18, 2013

New report reveals Muslim Brotherhood’s direct role in bringing Egyptian women’s rights to all-time low

PRESS RELEASE: 17 December 2013
Henry Jackson Society report – Marginalising Egyptian Women – shows the role the post-Revolution Egyptian government played restricting women’s rights in the public sphere through sexual violence and political marginalisation
Marginalising Egyptian Women, a new report by the Henry …

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Press Release, Religious Fundamentalism, Women's Rights
December 17, 2013

Event Summary: ‘The Assault on Women’s Rights in Post-Revolutionary Egypt’

This is a summary of an event with Emily Dyer, Research Fellow at The Henry Jackson Society, and Nervana Mahmoud, commentator and blogger, on 17 December 2013.
A transcript for the event will be uploaded here
 
Addressing an audience in the House …

Posted in Arab Spring, Democracy & Development, Egypt, Event Summaries, Islamism, Opinion Editorial, Religious Fundamentalism, Spotlight, Women's Rights

Marginalising Egyptian Women

Emily Dyer’s report, Marginalising Egyptian Women, examines the role the post-Revolution Egyptian government played restricting women’s rights in the public sphere through sexual violence and political marginalisation.
The report’s findings are based on extensive first-hand interviews carried out by the report’s author Emily …

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Human Rights, Publication, Spotlight, Women's Rights

‘The Assault on Women’s Rights in Post-Revolutionary Egypt’

SPEAKERS: 
Emily Dyer, Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society
Nervana Mahmoud, Commentator and Blogger on Egypt
RESPONDENT: Elaine Chard, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
TIME: 12.30 – 1.30pm, Tuesday 17th December 2013
VENUE: Committee Room 17, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

For a summary of …

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Event, Islamism, Women's Rights
November 13, 2013

Emily Dyer speaks about violence against women in Egypt at the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Henry Jackson Society Research Fellow Emily Dyer addressed leading women’s rights advocates at the ‘Mediterranean Women in Leadership Conference’, held in the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 10 November 2013.
The presentation largely focused on sexual violence against women in Egypt, …

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Human Rights, Islamism, News Coverage, Opinion Editorial, Spotlight, Women's Rights
January 14, 2013

Egypt and FGM

During his presidential election campaign, Mohamed Morsi gave a solemn promise to protect the rights of women and include them in decision making. Many of us were not surprised, however, when his Islamist parliamentarians created a charter with rhetoric that …

Posted in Content, Egypt, Human Rights, Islamism, Middle East, Spotlight, The Scoop
September 19, 2012

Lessons we learned from the protests

Last week’s protests in front of the American embassies in Cairo, San’a, Tunis, Amman, and in other European capitals clearly indicate that:
a)  the new governments run by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya were caught in the middle – …

Posted in Egypt, Libya, The Scoop, Tunisia
September 7, 2012

Real change for women limited under Muslim Brotherhood ‘religious restrictions’

Mohamed Morsi has had a lot to prove since becoming Egypt’s president and resigning from the Muslim Brotherhood in June. He started by promising to protect the rights of women and include them in decision making.
So far he has fallen …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Human Rights, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop
August 29, 2012

On Morsi’s visit to Tehran

Mohammed Morsi’s recent visit to Iran to participate in the Non-Alignment Movement Conference came as no surprise to Middle Eastern commentators. What makes this trip so interesting is not that it is the first time that an Egyptian president has visited Tehran since the …

Posted in Egypt, Iran, The Scoop
August 13, 2012

Egypt’s Palace Coup

The dismissal of the military chief Mohammed Hussein Tantawi by President Mohammed Morsi on August 12 suggests that the democratically elected institutions are growing in confidence and signifies the decline in power of Egypt’s military establishment (the Supreme Council of …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Opinion Editorial, The Scoop
July 27, 2012

The Netherlands opens its doors for Coptic Immigrants

Recent reports indicate that the Netherlands have eased its immigration laws to make it easier for Christians in Egypt to emigrate or claim asylum in the Netherlands. Dutch officials have not denied these reports and Egyptian Copts have recently been seen forming an orderly …

Posted in Egypt, Opinion Editorial, The Scoop
July 4, 2012

What will the Muslim Brotherhood’s Election mean for Egypt’s Women and Minorities?

The victory of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s presidential elections last week has raised serious questions about future political and economic relations between Cairo and the West. Concerns have been raised about the Brotherhood’s commitment to civil and minority rights.

Some …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Spotlight
June 26, 2012

After the Muslim Brotherhood won Egypt’s presidency, should liberals be concerned?

YES
Samer Libdeh
Although the Muslim Brotherhood stated that it will support and defend civil and minority rights, it remains to be seen whether this will happen in practice. The first test will come over the formation of a new government and …

Posted in Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Opinion Editorial
June 18, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood wins Egypt Elections

The Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi claimed victory earlier today in Egypt’s first presidential election following the toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s regime last year.
The Islamist group was able to portray itself as a the victim of a military coup following the decision by the …

Posted in Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism
May 31, 2012

Egypt’s possible next President: 9/11 conspiracy theorist

Taking up the theme of my last blog concerning the grim state of play in Egypt, here is another piece of information about Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate.
Speaking about al-Qaeda’s attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. on 9/11 – …

Posted in Egypt, The Scoop
May 16, 2012

A bleak outlook for human rights in Egypt

Are there any causes for optimism in Egypt?
An immediate caveat: this is not another ‘things were better under Mubarak’ piece that you occasionally see. Providing greater electoral accountability and removing authoritarians from power is self-evidently a good thing.  At the …

Posted in Egypt, Human Rights, Islamism, The Scoop
April 11, 2012

A win for secularism in Egypt

Celebration reigned on the streets of Cairo this week at the news that Egypt’s constitutional assembly had been suspended. ‘Illegitimate! Illegitimate! Illegitimate!’ cried jubilant campaigners outside Egypt’s Administrative Court, where the ruling was made to scrap the Islamist-heavy assembly.
The chosen …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Middle East, The Scoop
February 10, 2012

Egypt’s Generals Still Reluctant to March to a Different Tune

As befits their job description, it seems that Egypt’s military rulers aren’t giving up without a fight. In the immediate aftermath of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in January last year, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that …

Posted in Content, Democracy & Development, Egypt, Human Rights, The Scoop
January 26, 2012

The New Republic: Start Worrying

A YEAR AFTER the uprising that overthrew Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, Cairo’s Tahrir Square has become an international symbol of human revolt. In the revolutionary imagination, Tahrir is now a mythical site, much like the battlefields of Massachusetts, the barricades of the …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism
January 25, 2012

AQ’s threat diversifies further

Islamist sects operating in both Nigeria and the Sinai Peninsula are largely viewed as groups autonomous from any kind of al-Qaeda influence. However, two developments this week may have changed all that.
Boko Haram has previously been linked with al-Shabaab, the …

Posted in Boko Haram, Egypt, Islamism, Nigeria, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
January 17, 2012

The Egyptian Revolution: another step backwards for true democratic development?

For many of the activists who spearheaded Egypt’s democratic revolution, each new development brings them further away from their original goal. As reported in today’s Wall Street Journal, the official withdrawal of Mohamed ElBaradei, the international statesman and one of …

Posted in Egypt, The Scoop
January 13, 2012

Hague’s misplaced optimism

William Hague has an article in the Times today arguing against what he refers to as the ‘pessimism’ of those who have expressed concerns about the direction of the ‘Arab Spring’. As somebody who cannot see the virtue of either optimism or …

Posted in Egypt, Islamism, Middle East
January 12, 2012

Egyptian women chase away the Salafists

Egyptian Salafists now see themselves as the ‘morality police’; Egyptian women have literally fought back.
Modelling itself on Saudi Arabia’s infamous Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the Salafists in Egypt—who have made significant gains in the …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Religious Fundamentalism, The Scoop
December 21, 2011

Ansar al-Jihad in Sinai

Back in August, I wrote about the potential of an al-Qaeda franchise emerging in the Sinai Peninsula. Yesterday, such a franchise appears to have announced its existence on a jihadist forum, labelling itself Ansar al-Jihad in Sinai. Time will tell whether this …

Posted in Egypt, Islamism, Middle East, Terrorism & Security, The Scoop
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