The Washington Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne on the Obama administration’s decision to resume military aid to Egypt:
“Nothing has happened in Egypt that I can see that has led to this,” said Amy Hawthorne, an Egypt scholar at the Atlantic Council. “They’re giving Sissi something he really wants, which is these weapons and partial restoration of [foreign military aid] relations, with the Egyptians doing nothing in return.”
Hawthorne, of the Atlantic Council, said the White House’s attempt to bolster security while promoting reform may not succeed. “Like so many things with this administration, it’s a split message, and it’s very confusing,” she said.