MENA – Regional Document: Egypt

14th April 2015 Analysis, Regional Document

In light of Egypt’s positive foreign policy initiatives highlighted in signing a historic agreement with Sudan and Ethiopia over Nile disputes, in addition to hosting the Egypt Economic Development Conference (EEDC), one could assume that March has brought the hope of reviving stability for President Sissi’s regime. Nevertheless, ‘Om el-Donia’ (translated: Mother of the world), as it is commonly referred to by its Arab counterparts, is still home of jihadist-inspired violence centred in the traditionally volatile Sinai peninsula. The Islamic State epidemic has caught up with Egypt leaving in its aftermath a newly branded group named ‘Wilayat Sinai’. The group has carried a series of attacks outside its periphery; spreading fear across Egypt’s territory during the first quarter of 2015.

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