Trump's 'Favorite Dictator' Prepares for a Tough Relationship With Biden

Two Egypt experts tell Haaretz why the incoming U.S. president will face some difficult choices concerning Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi’s regime in Cairo

Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels
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WASHINGTON – When U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, he’s expected to quickly reverse course on many of his predecessor’s foreign policy positions. A fundamental shift on authoritarian regimes may be one of those major pivots, and Egypt could be one of the first targets.

Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation think tank, told Haaretz that the U.S.-Egypt relationship is “long dysfunctional, with limited trust and cooperation.” He says the notion of Cairo as a close partner in the Middle East is an idea that far surpasses reality.