Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

American scholar denied entry to Egypt

American scholar denied entry to Egypt

A well-known American scholar and former diplomat who has been a vocal critic of Egypt’s authoritarian government said Saturday she had been turned away at Cairo’s international airport – the latest instance of an academic running afoul of the administration of President Abdel Fattah Sisi.

Michele Dunne, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had flown to Cairo at the invitation of the Egyptian Council on Foreign Affairs, and was to have been a panelist at a conference organized by the group.

“Authorities denied me entry at the airport, deporting me after holding me for about six hours,” Dunne said in an email from Frankfurt, Germany, during a...

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