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  • Issue Brief posted March 27, 2014 by James Phillips Obama’s Saudi Summit: Focus on Iran, Syria, Egypt, and Terrorism

    President Barack Obama will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah on Friday amid mounting reports of acute Saudi disillusionment with Obama’s foreign policy. The Saudis, like other Middle Eastern allies including Israel, are concerned that Obama cannot be trusted to safeguard their national interests in the face of Iran’s military buildup, the political turbulence of the…

  • Commentary posted October 23, 2013 by James Phillips Why US aid cuts will backfire in Egypt

    Earlier this month the Obama administration announced it was cutting military aid to Egypt by hundreds of millions of dollars.  The move had nothing to do with the budget battle in D.C. Rather, it was a belated reaction to last July’s military coup against President Mohamed Morsi’s increasingly autocratic Islamist government.  Unfortunately, the administration has taken…

  • Commentary posted October 22, 2013 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Egypt Aid: Elections versus Democracy

    Can America’s “principles” contradict its national interests? The question arises in light of the Obama administration’s invocation of the principle of democracy to justify its decision to suspend military aid to Egypt. As Voice of America correspondent Scott Stearns reported, “A senior U.S. official says suspending these programs may not lead directly to greater…

  • Play Movie Lawmakers' Position on Syria: Brookes on Fox News Video Recorded on September 1, 2013 Lawmakers' Position on Syria: Brookes on Fox News

    Senior Fellow Peter Brookes discusses the latest on whether Congress will back up President Obama's call for action in Syria on Fox News' 'America's News HQ'.…

  • Issue Brief posted August 23, 2013 by James Phillips Egypt’s Coup Requires a Cautious U.S. Response

    Egypt’s July 3 coup and the crackdown on President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have sparked renewed calls from Congress for a cutoff of U.S. foreign aid to the new Egyptian government. While there are strong arguments in favor of continuing aid, the Obama Administration cannot continue to deny that what happened in Egypt was indeed a coup, which legally requires a…

  • Play Movie The Latest on Syria and Egypt: Brookes on NBC News affiliates Video Recorded on August 21, 2013 The Latest on Syria and Egypt: Brookes on NBC News affiliates

    Senior Fellow Peter Brookes discussed the latest on Egypt and Syria on NBC News affiliates.…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2013 by Brett D. Schaefer, Anthony B. Kim The Importance of Providing U.S. Food Aid during Egypt’s Ongoing Political Crisis

    The ongoing political crisis in Egypt has an economic foundation. For the past 18 years, the Egyptian economy has been “mostly unfree”—and among the least free in the Middle East and North Africa—in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom. Lingering socialist economic policies adopted decades ago have discouraged investment, entrepreneurship, and job growth.…

  • Backgrounder posted July 9, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., James Phillips Egypt: A Way Forward After a Step Back

    Egypt’s army recently ousted President Mohamed Morsi, just as it removed Hosni Mubarak in 2011, to prevent growing civil disorder from undermining the power of the state and its own privileges within the state. The intervention was widely applauded by opposition political parties and the overwhelming majority of the millions of protesters who demanded that Morsi step…

  • Issue Brief posted June 28, 2013 by James Phillips U.S. Should Warn Egyptian President Morsi Against a Crackdown

    Egyptian opposition groups have called for massive demonstrations on June 30 to protest the first anniversary of President Mohamed Morsi’s inauguration. Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government has grown increasingly unpopular due to its authoritarian nature; growing curbs on political, social, and religious freedoms; and failure to effectively address Egypt’s…

  • Play Movie Syrian-Egyptian Relations: Phillips on 'Special Report' Video Recorded on June 27, 2013 Syrian-Egyptian Relations: Phillips on 'Special Report'

    Senior Research Fellow Jim Phillips discusses Syrian-Egyptian relations on Fox News' 'Special Report'.…

  • Issue Brief posted June 12, 2013 by James Phillips Time to Freeze U.S. Aid to Egypt

    Last week, Egyptian courts sentenced 43 staff members of pro-democracy non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including 16 Americans, to prison terms of up to five years for their activities to support civil society and democracy after Egypt’s 2011 revolution. The trial and harsh sentences underscore the fact that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government is…

  • Backgrounder posted December 20, 2012 by James Phillips The Arab Spring Descends into Islamist Winter: Implications for U.S. Policy

    Abstract: In 2011 and 2012, a wave of popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East shook the region’s autocratic regimes, prompting euphoric reactions in the West about an “Arab Spring” and a supposed new age of democracy. While the overthrow of authoritarian regimes can give democracy a chance to bloom, it has also created opportunities for a wide spectrum of…

  • Play Movie Pres. Morsi Addresses Egyptian Decree, Protests - Peter Brookes on Fox News Video Recorded on November 28, 2012 Pres. Morsi Addresses Egyptian Decree, Protests - Peter Brookes on Fox News

    Senior Fellow Peter Brookes discusses Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's address to his country on the sweeping decree he issues as well as the Egyptian street protests on Fox News' 'MONEY with Melissa Francis'.…

  • Issue Brief posted November 21, 2012 by James Phillips Gaza Crisis: U.S. Should Press Egypt to Rein in Hamas

    Although the current Gaza crisis is in many ways reminiscent of the last flare-up in December 2008–January 2009, there are important differences this time around. Hamas’s terrorist reach now includes Israel’s heartland cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv due to long-range Iranian rockets. However, Israel’s new Iron Dome missile defense system has mitigated this threat. The…

  • Testimony posted September 21, 2012 by James Phillips Safeguarding Israel’s Security in a Volatile Region

    Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia September 20, 2012 My name is James Phillips. I am the Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own, and should not be construed as representing any official…