HJS Report Launch: ‘Terror in the Sinai: Emerging Trends in al-Qaeda’s New Egyptian Base’



Mohannad Sabry

Egyptian Journalist

2011 Livingston Award Finalist

Emily Dyer

Research Fellow

The Henry Jackson Society

Oren Kessler

Research Fellow

The Henry Jackson Society

TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 7th May 2014

VENUE: Committee Room 18, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

To attend please RSVP to: researchassistant4@henryjacksonsociety.org

The 2011 Egyptian revolution threw the country into political instability and civil unrest, with militant groups flocking to the north-eastern Sinai Peninsula, eager to fill the ensuing security vacuum. The ousting of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 – and the new interim government’s subsequent crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement – has not only turned Egypt’s political landscape on its head, but has sparked an unprecedented level of violence in the Sinai.

The Sinai is now increasingly being used by militant groups as a hub from which to launch terrorist attacks – not only in North Sinai, but against targets in mainland Egypt and Israel. Following an influx of foreign fighters, weapons and jihadist ideology into the peninsula, terror attacks by groups operating there are now a common occurrence. Egypt has never faced a terrorist threat as co-ordinated and sophisticated as the one it faces today, and from within its own borders.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to launch of its new report, ‘Terror in the Sinai: Emerging Trends in al-Qaeda’s New Egyptian Base,’ with Mohannad Sabry, Egyptian journalist and the 2011 Livingston Award finalist, and Emily Dyer and Oren Kessler, Research Fellows at the Henry Jackson Society. Dyer and Kessler will discuss the findings of their new report, including fresh analysis on emerging trends including the heightened presence of foreign fighters, weapons and al-Qaeda elements in the Sinai, and the threat they pose to Egypt, Israel and the West. Sabry will offer an assessment of Egypt’s current security approach towards the terrorist threat in the Sinai.


Mohannad Sabry is an Egyptian journalist based in Cairo, and a finalist for the 2011 Livingston Award for International Reporting. His articles have been published in The Miami Herald and other McClatchy newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Times, and USA Today. He also contributes to a number of think tanks and research centres, including the Atlantic Council. Sabry is currently writing a book on the Sinai Peninsula and Egyptian-Israeli-Gazan relations, with publication expected by the end of 2014. 

Emily Dyer is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and specialises in terrorism, human rights and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She recently authored Marginalising Egyptian Women, having spent time in Cairo interviewing leading Egyptian activists and policy makers. Beforehand she co-authored ‘Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses’ and helped present its findings to policy makers on various platforms, including British Parliament, the White House and the National Counterterrorism Center. Emily previously worked as a Higher Executive Officer for the ‘Preventing Extremism Unit’ at the Department for Education, where she wrote several papers on extremism within educational settings. Beforehand she was based at the think tank ‘Policy Exchange.’ Emily has written for publications including The ObserverThe TelegraphThe Huffington PostCity AMThe AtlanticWorld AffairsCTC Sentinel and Standpoint magazine, largely with regards women’s rights in the Middle East, extremism, and human rights. Emily studied International Relations at the University of Birmingham, where she authored a First Class dissertation on Islamic feminism in Iran, and has travelled widely within Syria and Turkey.


Oren Kessler is a Henry Jackson Society Research Fellow specialising in the Middle East. Originally from Rochester, New York, 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. A frequent contributor to Foreign Policy, Oren has also written for The Wall Street Journal, World Affairs, The Weekly Standard, The Forward, Tablet, Middle East Quarterly and The Journal of International Security Affairs, and is a regular contributor to television news programmes analysing issues related to the Middle East. He holds an Hon. BA in History from the University of Toronto and an MA in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies from the IDC Herzliya.


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