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Change in Egypt Will Greatly Affect U.S. National Security
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Change in Egypt Will Greatly Affect U.S. National Security

How Egypt evolves in the coming years will affect U.S. national security policy in the Middle East on multiple fronts.

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The political, security, and economic transitions underway in Egypt could spark its greatest repositioning since the 1970s, when it turned away from the Soviet sphere of influence and toward the United States and signed a peace treaty with Israel. The stakes for U.S. national security are great. How Egypt evolves in the coming years will affect U.S. national security policy in the Middle East on multiple fronts, including:

  • Managing regional security and the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Fighting terrorist networks
  • Responding to new trends such as political reform and the rise of Islamist parties across the region
  • Forging new economic relations with the broader region

Engaging with the new Egyptian government in all these arenas will require the United States to balance and integrate efforts to advance two core objectives—maintaining a close partnership with Egypt in advancing regional security and supporting Egypt’s political and economic transitions toward more effective governance and expanded economic opportunities for its citizens.

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