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    New Report Outlines Iran's Nuclear Progress as Tehran Counterattacks with Misaligned Summit

    The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has documented Iran’s continued progress towards attaining a nuclear weapons capacity. Iran more than doubled the number of centrifuges—from 1,064 in May to 2,140—installed in the Fordo uranium enrichment facility, which is buried deep under a mountain and hardened against … More

    Egypt's Military Buildup in Sinai Violates Its Peace Treaty with Israel

    Egypt is preparing a military offensive against Islamist militants in the Sinai who have launched a series of terrorist attacks against Egyptian border guards in an effort to weaken the central government and provoke a war with Israel. This campaign is expected to include armored forces and air strikes in … More

    Muslim Brotherhood Consolidates Control over Egypt

    Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi abruptly dismissed Egypt’s defense minister and other top generals over the weekend in an aggressive effort to remove a major brake on his own power. Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was formerly the most powerful official in Egypt and a major pillar of the former Mubarak … More

    Clinton's Egypt Visit Sparks Anti-American Demonstrations as Sinai Continues Slide into Lawlessness

    The power struggle between Egypt’s army and the Muslim Brotherhood has been eclipsed by the intensifying civil war in Syria, but this week saw disturbing new developments in Egypt. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid a short visit to Cairo and Alexandria, where she was dogged by several anti-American demonstrations. … More

    Egypt Elects President from Muslim Brotherhood

    Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was announced on Sunday as the winner of Egypt’s first free presidential elections. Morsi defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik in a close contest by a vote of 51.7 percent to 48.3 percent. Morsi now faces the difficult … More

    True Democracy: Principles over Process

    Many around the world have been quick to tout the Arab Spring, with its deposition of tyrants and the occurrence of elections, as democracy in action for parts of the Middle East. But in places like Egypt, civilian rule and fair elections appear more and more likely not to happen … More

    Egypt Drifts Away from Democracy

    Egypt has been plunged into confusion by the judicial coup mounted against the recently elected parliament, which was dissolved by a ruling of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court. The Egyptian army undoubtedly acted behind the scenes, using the court as a sock puppet to limit the power of the Muslim Brotherhood, … More

    Egypt’s Slow-Motion Coup

    Egypt’s rocky transition to democracy has been further complicated by a judicial ruling today that dissolved parliament and sets the stage for renewed public protests and intensifying political struggle. A presidential runoff election is scheduled to begin Saturday, but the next president is likely to inherit a country with few … More

    Is the War on Terror Over? Are Islamists Now 'Legitimate'?

    There’s a bunch of good news coming from one senior official in the State Department. According to this unnamed source, “the war on terror is over,” and “people who once might have gone into al Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.” That may be true if—and only if—you … More

    Obama Administration Courts the Muslim Brotherhood

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of deception, promotion of Sharia law, anti-Semitism, and anti-Western values. Yet this does not seem to concern the Obama White House. Recently the Obama Administration wholeheartedly welcomed a delegation from the Muslim Brotherhood to Washington. It even suspended normal screening processes for them, … More