Bloomberg News quotes Deputy Director Mirette Mabrouk and Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East on the complications in US-Egyptian relations leading up to the Egyptian elections:

“There’s a lot of hesitancy about how to move forward with Egypt beyond the area of counter-terrorism operations and security, where there is ongoing coordination and strong core operations,” said Amy Hawthorne, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington policy group.


Since Mursi’s ouster, the military, which El-Sisi once led, has overseen “possibly the most repressive period that Egypt has seen in the past 60 years,” said Mirette Mabrouk, founder of Egypt’s first independent English-language daily newspaper and a deputy director at the Atlantic Council.

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