Nourhan El-Sheikh


Professor of Political Science, Cairo University.


Libya at the Crossroads
Libya is at an important turning point towards stability. There is greater international recognition that reconciliation is the only way to restore peace in Libya. The UN Security Council strongly
A New Launching for Russian Saudi Relations
The Saudi policy is witnessing an unprecedented transition, which represents an opportunity to reshape the relation between Moscow and Riyadh, moving it to technical economic cooperation and strategic
A Trojan Horse of the West in Libya?
Suddenly, unknown person, Abdul Basit Igtet, appeared as a candidate to succeed Al-Sarraj in heading the government. He is a businessman who is said to be a resident of the United States. He was never
Political Stability in Libya: Opportunities and Challenges
The declaration adopted last week by Fayez Al Sarraj and Khalifa Haftar in France, represents a positive and important step toward resolving the Libyan crisis, but its implementation depends on the
Valdai Paper #71: Arab Uncertainty after the ‘Spring’
After six years of rapid and successive developments that have engulfed Arab countries, they could not reach a safe path towards the future. They are still suffering instability and bloody conflicts
Kurdistan Referendum: Challenges and Consequences
The referendum on Kurdistan's independence, supposed to be organized on September 25, is a very important development as it would add more difficulties to the complicated scene in the Middle East.
Tension around Qatar: What Next?
The conflict between Qatar and other states of the Arab world is unlikely to be resolved shortly, Valdai Club experts say. Despite the fact that Saudi Arabia took the course of confrontation, Egypt
Libya: Balance of Forces and Prospects of Reconciliation
Although the map of political powers in Libya is very complicated, four major forces can be identified. Each has its own supporters from military groups, tribes, and international and regional powers.
Can the World Win the Battle against Terrorism?
We witness the spread of extremist teachers along our schools allowing them to instill their aggressive values to young generation who are soon will lead the state and society. In a country like
What's After the American Strikes on Syria?
It is obvious that the United States is moving ahead toward dividing Syria and it is still not serious enough in fighting terrorism. It is working now to separate north and south of Syria through
State of Emergency May Be Egypt’s Last Chance to Defeat Terrorists
The new state of emergency may be Egypt’s only chance to defeat the terrorist groups, as Egypt’s government for the first time has broad support from both the population and the international
Saudi-Iranian Detente in Sight
Saudi Arabia and Iran are exhausted and finally realize that it is inevitable to reach some kind of a compromise. The rising of Russian role in the Middle East provides a suitable environment and real


Nourhan El-Sheikh: Trump Will Try to Maintain Obama’s Hold on Middle East
Nourhan El-Sheikh, Professor of Political Science at Cairo University, talks about the Valdai Club’s Middle East conference and how it is unlike many other conferences on the region in its breadth