Deputy Director for Policy Andrew Miller Quoted in New York Times

On January 18, 2018, Deputy Director for Policy Andrew Miller spoke with Declan Walsh of the New York Times for an article entitled, “Egypt’s Sisi Fires Spy Chief as Shuffle of Top Aides Continues.”

But some American officials had found it hard to work with Mr. Fawzy, who backed harsh measures against foreign aid agencies in Egypt and saw Egypt’s woes as a product of foreign meddling, said Andrew Miller of the Project on Middle East Democracy.

“He was erratic, conspiratorial in nature and harbored a lot of anti-American suspicions,” said Mr. Miller, who until last year worked on Egypt at the State Department. “He believes that the 2011 uprising was the result of an external conspiracy rather than internal upheaval.”

Mr. Kemal, the new spy chief, is considered a more moderate figure. A former army officer, he served as director of Mr. Sisi’s office when he was head of Military Intelligence, between 2010 and 2012. He stayed with Mr. Sisi after the military swept him to power in 2013, but was embarrassed by a series of audio leaks, apparently recorded in his office, in which Mr. Sisi and his generals could be heard mocking other Arab countries and discussing plans to manipulate public opinion.

Mr. Sisi’s son Mahmoud, who works at the General Intelligence Service, is likely to retain an influential role. On at least one occasion, he accompanied Mr. Fawzy on a visit to Washington to meet with Obama administration officials, Mr. Miller said.

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