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Assessing Egyptian public support for security crackdowns in the Sinai / Gregory Aftandilian.

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (x, 50 pages)
  • Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press, 2015.

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General Note: "February 2015."
Paper version available for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Publishing Office.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 42-50).
Formatted Contents Note: Characteristics of the Sinai and its complicated image -- Developments in the Sinai -- Developments since the 2011 revolution -- Terrorist groups in the Sinai -- Transporting terrorism to the Egyptian mainland -- Egyptian government's response in the Sinai -- The impact of renewed conflict between Israel and Hamas -- Public perceptions of the government's campaign against extremists in the Sinai -- Recommendations for U.S. policy -- Recommendations for U.S. landpower.
Summary, etc.: "This monograph examines the terrorist groups in Egypt emanating from the Sinai and assesses the level of Egyptian public support for the government's security crackdown. These terrorist groups have not only targeted Egyptian security personnel and foreign tourists in the Sinai Peninsula but have attacked government installations and personnel in the Egyptian mainland. Because most Egyptians desire stability, want terrorism to end, and want their moribund economy to grow, and because they have few family ties to the Bedouin inhabitants of the Sinai, they have given the government wide berth to carry out a heavy-handed crackdown there. However, some of Egypt's draconian security policies (such as punishing whole Bedouin villages) can be counterproductive, often making more terrorist recruits out of disaffected Bedouin youth than would otherwise be the case. The monograph recommends enhanced U.S. counterterrorism assistance to the Egyptian military, with specialized courses for Egyptian military officers attending professional military education institutions in the United States and the training of whole Egyptian counterterrorism units either in the United States or in a friendly Arab country. The monograph also recommends the resumption of a U.S.-Egyptian strategic dialogue, to include U.S. Army officers and their Egyptian counterparts, where effective counterterrorism policies can be discussed frankly in a closed-door setting. In addition, the monograph advocates for new and enhanced social and economic policies in the Sinai that would aim to dissuade Bedouin youth from assisting and joining the terrorist groups. These policies would involve recruiting properly vetted Bedouin youth into the local police forces, and a major jobs training program, with U.S. financial and administrative support, for these youth to prepare them for eventual employment in tourism and other legitimate economic sectors"--Publisher's web site.
Source of Description Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (SSI, viewed February 12, 2015).
Subject: Terrorism > Egypt > Sinai.
Terrorism > Egypt > Sinai > Prevention.
Public opinion > Egypt.
Egypt > Politics and government > 21st century.
United States > Foreign relations > Egypt.
Egypt > Foreign relations > United States.
United States > Military relations > Egypt.
Egypt > Military relations > United States.

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