Egypt's Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis
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Readable, discerning, often candid, Egypt's Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis brims with minutiae of Aboul Gheit's working relationship with the Egyptian president and his encounters with both his own colleagues and politicians on the world stage, providing rich behind-the-scenes insight into the machinery of government and the interplay of power and personality within. He paints a vivid picture of Egyptian-U.S. relations during the challenging years that followed September 11 and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, as we navigate the bumpy terrain of negotiations, discussions, and private meetings with the likes of Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, and Hillary Clinton. Successive attempts by Egypt to revive Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, U.S. assistance to Egypt, and the issue of NGO funding get full play in his account, as do other matters of paramount concern, not least Egypt's strenuous attempts to reach an agreement with fellow riparian states over the sharing of the Nile waters; Sudan, Libya, and Cairo's engagement with the wider African continent; the often tense negotiations surrounding the UN Security Council reform; and relations with Iran and the Gulf states.
More than a memoir, this book by a senior statesman and veteran of Egypt's foreign affairs is a tour de force of Middle Eastern politics and international relations in the first decade of the twenty-first century and an account of the powers and practice of one of Egypt's most stable and durable institutions of state.
Francis J. Ricciardone
1. The Assignment
2. Upbringing and Preparation
3. Understanding the Situation and the General Framework for Action
4. Challenges and Responses: The United States
5. Challenge and Confrontation: Attempt to Expand the Security Council
6. The Nile River: Challenge and Attempt to Reach an Agreement
7. Challenges of Division: Sudan
8. Challenges of Sustaining Status: Egypt and Africa
9. Egypt and the Challenges of the Arab World
10. Egypt and the Challenges of the Region
11. Challenges of Expanding the Framework of the Egyptian Movement: Egypt and the World
12. Challenges of the Peaceful Settlement
13. Challenges of the Final Forty-five Days
Conclusion: Challenges of the Past and the Future
An Egyptian foreign minister's fascinating account of his time in office during the final years of the Mubarak era.