Middle East politics

Middle East politics
The region, one of the cradles of civilization, is going through a turbulent period of historic realignment. Its powers are vying for political, military, economic and religious dominance with local players and outside actors. Armed conflicts, mainly civil wars, are challenging the permanence of states whose borders were drawn arbitrarily in the early 20th century, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Leadership Challenges 2020: After successful start, Egypt’s El-Sisi faces bigger hurdles

When he came to power, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi initially set his country on a relatively liberal path. After several years, however, he had to change tack to fight radical Islamism. Despite being ostracized by the West, he has made major strides, especially in improving his country’s economy. To continue this progress, he will have to introduce more reforms that could be unpopular. Support from the West would help, but seems unlikely to come soon.

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