Steven A. Cook

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Weekend Reading: Why Shiites Fight, Egyptian Time Warp, and Militia Madness in Libya

by Steven A. Cook
January 10, 2014

Army soldiers guard the streets during a Coptic Christmas eve mass at the main cathedral in Cairo (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters). Army soldiers guard the streets during a Coptic Christmas eve mass at the main cathedral in Cairo (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Courtesy Reuters).

Rodger Shanahan says that Shiites fighting in Syria are doing so not for sectarian reasons, but rather for reasons of geopolitics and self-preservation.

Mohammed Fadel argues that Egypt has returned to the status quo of the 1950s with the Free Officers’ moves to consolidate power by destroying their opponents.

Imad Mesdoua analyzes Libya’s current security situation, discussing the country’s ever expanding network of militias.

 

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