Osama Diab, Nonresident Fellow
August 22, 2018

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi meets with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in Cairo in April 2017 (photo via Sisi’s official Facebook page).

Over the past several months, there have been several benchmarks in the International Monetary Fund’s loan to Egypt. The IMF’s executive board approved the third $2 billion tranche of the loan at the end of June, bringing the total drawn funds since the signing of the loan agreement in November 2016 to $8 billion. In July, the IMF released its third review of the economic reform program, which, very much like the previous two reviews, was full of praise of the Egyptian authorities for the strong implementation of the economic reform program. …

Oumayma Ben Abdallah, TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow
June 29, 2018

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Chaambi Mountain in Kasserine, Tunisia (photo via Amine Ghrabi on Flickr)

This week, Tunisia has started choosing mayors through newly elected municipal councils across the country, which Tunisians hope will end decades of economic regional inequality and poverty in the interior. Meanwhile, in Kasserine, yet another young shepherd has died after being tortured by a terrorist group on Chaambi Mountain, where he went to retrieve water. This was the third shepherd killing since 2015 by extremist groups in Tunisia hiding in mountains.

The militant group Okba ibn Nafaa Battalion claimed in its affiliated media that it attacked the shepherd for working as a spy for the “apostate military,” but said it was not possible for his death to have been caused by his wounds. The group — which had previously claimed allegiance to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — is active in the Chaambi Mountain area and, since the revolution, had consistently targeted the military. …

Oumayma Ben Abdallah, TIMEP-Atlas Corps Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellow
February 14, 2018

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Protesters at the Women’s March, January 20, 2018 (photo via Ilyas Muhamad)

On a quiet, rainy Sunday in Washington, I met with Pamela, my local ambassador for Atlas Corps, the partner organization for the Bassem Sabry Democracy Fellowship at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. We talked about American culture and our experiences working at nongovernmental organizations, and the conversation turned to feminism.

Coming from a country where abortion has been legal since 1965 and the gender wage gap is a foreign concept, sometimes I had mixed feelings about the stigma surrounding feminism and the American media’s obsession with it just because it appeared “cool.” …



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