Foreign Relations

  • Foreign relations between countries both within the MENA region and outside of it often take the form of regional cooperation councils such as the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and Arab Maghreb Union.

  • Article // Nov 26, 2014
    Mohamed Elmenshawy
    The meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi September 25, 2014 on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York marked the first encounter between Obama and any Egyptian president since his meeting with Hosni Mubarak in the summer of 2010. The Egyptian media called it a victory and a breakthrough moment for Sisi. Bilateral relations between Cairo and Washington had withered after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013; hence this meeting was seen as the completion of American recognition of the legitimacy of Egypt’s new administration after Morsi’s removal. While the Sisi administration currently faces significant security, economic, and political challenges, the strategic Egypt-U.S. relationship that has spanned more than three decades could provide a base for addressing these issues over the next two years.