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Vol 37 No 8

Published 12th April 1996


Egypt

When the Pharaoh calls

Cairo's attempts to resuscitate Nasser's pan- African schemes have foundered

Egypt has two goals for its African policy: the prestige of leading the continent and the defence of the Nile waters. The aspiration to leadership stems largely from nostalgia for the days when President Gamal Abdel Nasser, as a prime mover of the Non-Aligned Movement, used to claim to speak for the developing world. More realistically, Egypt believes that diplomatic leadership is rewarded with cash.

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