is director of the Foundation for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC, and a former consultant to the EU civil police training mission in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (EUPOLCOPPS). He writes frequently about contemporary Egyptian political and security affairs.
- The expectation gap: delivering justice and accountability in post-Mubarak Egypt
Judy Barsalou , Barry Knight , 20 November 2012
- Salvaging Sinai
Nicolas Pelham , 1 November 2012
- Transitional justice in Egypt: one step forward, two steps back
Judy Barsalou , 12 June 2012
- The salafis are coming – but where are they going?
Jacob Høigilt , 4 July 2011
- Who's who in the new Egypt? A mapping of prominent actors of change
Jacob Høigilt , 22 February 2011
- The dynamics of Egypt’s protest: an inside view
Moaaz Elzoughby , 21 February 2011
- Past errors, future options: new policies towards the Middle East
Eberhard Kienle , 8 February 2011
Sinai moves to centre-stage
Geoffrey Aronson, 30 August 2012
For more than 30 years, the Sinai peninsula was a stable security backwater, requiring little attention from Egypt and Israel, or from the broader international community including the United States, the strategic anchor of the peaceful relations between the two countries.
This complacency is no longer tenable. The Sinai, a triangular peninsula in Egypt about 60,000 km2
in area, bordering Israel, the Gaza Strip, the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba, is increasingly unstable, as a consequence of dramatic changes in the region and a long history of neglect and discrimination by the central government in Cairo. The collapse of the old order in Sinai creates new threats to Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian security. The existing frameworks for bilateral and multilateral consultation and monitoring were devised to preserve an environment that no longer exists. The transformations taking place in Sinai (including the Gaza Strip) across multiple fronts, and the new relationships created between these developments and the unfolding revolution in Cairo, are harbingers of a new and different relationship between Israel and Egypt that risks challenging core elements of the foundational alliance between Israel and Egypt.