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Roundup of Recent Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East

Roundup of Recent Congressional Research Service Reports on the Middle East (PDFs)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Government And Politics

The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World

The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World
Source: Cato Institute

Extensive government ownership in the economy is a source of inefficiency and a barrier to economic development.

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Business And Economics

Country Analysis Brief: Egypt

Country Analysis Brief: Egypt
Source: Energy Information Administration

Egypt is the largest oil producer in Africa outside of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and the second-largest natural gas producer on the continent, behind Algeria.

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Energy

Middle East Transitions: A Long, Hard Road

Middle East Transitions: A Long, Hard Road
Source: International Monetary Fund

Since the onset of the Arab Spring, economic uncertainty in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen (Arab Countries in Transition, ACTs) has slowed already sluggish growth; worsened unemployment, particularly of youth; undermined business confidence, affected tourist arrivals, and depressed domestic and foreign direct investment.

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Business And Economics

The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

Roger’s note: the Egyptian “elected” dictator, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, attended training sessions in the UK and the USA.  He is no doubt an “asset” of these two powerful paragons of Western democracy.  932 more words

Roger Hollander

CRS -- Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations (updated)

Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via U.S. State Department Foreign Press Center)

This report provides an overview of the key issues for Congress related to Egypt and information on U.S. foreign aid to Egypt.

Government And Politics

Day 789: Cairo, Egypt

It’s been a while since I have done one of these trips. I’ve lost the ability to sleep through the wails of whiny children. I hesitated before remembering my passport expiration date. 615 more words

Travel