Egypt rejects Qatari offer to mediate between Sisi and the Muslim Brotherhood

Insights Egypt, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

Egypt has rejected an offer by Qatar to mediate between Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and supporters of the currently imprisoned and ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. The rejection comes days after Egypt flamboyantly announced its ‘gift to the world’ during the opening of the new Suez Canal in which Sisi and his supporters attempted to demonstrate a show of …

King Salman moves despite US ‘reassurances’ over Iran

Insights Middle East/North Africa, Saudi Arabia

On 5 March 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry visited Riyadh and met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in order to allay fears over the potential of a nuclear deal with Iran. The message was that any deal will not compromise the security of the Gulf States and that the United States is aware of all of Iran’s activities …

Egypt bombs militants loyal to ISIL in Libya following beheadings video

Sami Hamdi Egypt, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

Egypt has announced that it has bombed militants who have pledged loyalty to ISIL following a video that was posted on the twitter feed of a website that supports ISIL purporting to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the nation on state television hours after the release of the video condemning the killings and …

Editor’s Piece: ISIL thrives as the West blunders

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, World Politics

ISIL’s explosive rise has upended the political status quo in the Middle East. Despite international efforts to contain and defeat the group, ISIL appears to be in solid control of its territory, demonstrating a daring and unprecedented financial self-efficiency not seen in other terrorist groups – even trading in oil with Mosul as its capital. More so, ISIL has demonstrated …