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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Egypt in the News on 31 October 2019

It’s a fairly quiet morning in the foreign press: NATO member countries should support Egypt by providing non-military assistance — particularly in the challenging western desert area that borders Libya — as our security challenges cannot be tackled through military solutions alone, argues Amal Kandeel in the Atlantic Council. This approach would help counter radicalization and mitigate some of the damage caused by Nato’s ouster of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, she argues.

Other stories of note:

  • Russia’s military drills in Egypt signals growing influence in Africa: The joint Egyptian-Russian air force drills held in Egypt this week are “the latest sign of Moscow’s deepening ties with African militaries,” John Vandiver writes for Stars and Stripes. The exercises come a week after President Vladimir Putin held the first Russia-Africa summit that sought to strengthen economic, investment and defense ties with the continent.
  • The crackdown on last month’s protests is continuing to get ink: The Washington Post interviews an American student detained for two days last month in the days after last month’s protests.

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