By Sebastian Horndasch

Egypt is facing the deadliest Islamist insurgency in its modern history. A diverse group of Islamist actors, ranging from Salafi jihadists to non-Salafi militants suspected to be aligned with some Muslim Brotherhood factions, operate across Egypt's provinces and deploy varying degrees of violence to destabilise the government. An affiliate of the Islamic State wages a deadly armed insurgency in North Sinai, and is urged by ISIS to export the fight to the country's mainland and focus on targeting western interests and tourists. Egypt is the Arab world's most populous country with limited resources. If Islamist militants succeed in escalating their violence, a destabilised Egypt would have serious if not unprecedented repercussions for regional stability and European security.

Mokhtar Awad is a Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. He has published analyses and conducted field research on Islamist groups and political dynamics in Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt. Prior to joining the Program on Extremism, Mokhtar worked at the Center for American Progress and in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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Discussion Meeting
Mokhtar Awad, Research Fellow, Program on Extremism at George Washington University
Arundel House, London
Tuesday 7 June 2016, 12.30–1.30PM BST

Survival: Global Politics and Strategy

August–September 2016

This issue of Survival features Kristin Ven Bruusgaard on Russia's approach to strategic deterrence, James E. Doyle critiquing US plans to modernise the country's nuclear arsenal, and much more.