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Robert Springborg is Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center. He is also Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

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Egypt: The debt crisis no one is talking about

03 September, 2018

Comment: Sisi may be hoping for a quiet bailout, but there are no quick fixes for Egypt's mammoth debt crisis, writes Robert Springborg.

Washington's Lebanese dilemma

06 August, 2018

Comment: Washington could decide to pull the rug out from under Lebanon's economy, leaving Hizballah with an empty shell, writes Robert Springborg.

What Brazil can tell us about Egypt's civil-military relations

31 July, 2018

Comment: Egypt's military is as politically entrenched as its Brazilian counterpart was during the 'intense repression' period of its military dictatorship, writes Robert Springborg.

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

03 July, 2018

Comment: Sisi's attempt to co-opt Mo Salah and the Egyptian team has had disastrous consequences for everyone, writes Robert Springborg.

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

30 April, 2018

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, writes Robert Springborg.

Egypt's Sisi: President for life?

13 April, 2018

Comment: Egypt's election might have been a farce, but it has emboldened Sisi on his path of consolidating personal power, writes Robert Springborg.

Saudi megaproject harnesses Egypt's Sinai, but at what cost?

22 March, 2018

Comment: For Mohammed bin Salman, $10 billion is not an investment in Egypt's future, so much as a payment to its military for supporting his ambitions, writes Robert Springborg.

Sisi's Sinai operation is counter-democracy, not counter-terrorist

12 February, 2018

Comment: The real purpose of Sisi's operation is to reassure and intimidate voters, to glorify the president, and to distract from the regime's failings, writes Robert Springborg.

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

08 January, 2018

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes Robert Springborg.

Missiles are the weapon of the weak

22 December, 2017

Comment: Iran's arming of its proxies is unlikely to achieve military success, but asymmetric warfare puts huge pressure on Saudi Arabia's vulnerable political leadership, writes Robert Springborg.

A role in search of a hero

01 December, 2017

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

Iran: The beauty in the eye of American beholders

28 November, 2017

Comment: Iran has been viewed by both Republican and Democratic decision-makers as the more beautiful prize, writes Robert Springborg.

Robert Springborg
Robert Springborg

Robert Springborg is Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center. He is also Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, and non-resident Research Fellow of the Italian Institute of International Affairs.

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