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Journal 7

Modern Egypt currently sits at a critical juncture in determining its path forward as a state and player in global politics. The stabilizing presence of the military provides a much needed degree of order in a country rife with a … Continue reading

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News Post: Violence Against Coptic Christians Surges in Sinai

The Coptic Christian minority in Egypt has long been the target of militant extremist groups in the country. The surge of killings against Christians in the Sinai region following el-Sissi’s coup has been a powerful backlash against the Coptic community’s support … Continue reading

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Reading Post: The Rise of the State System in Africa by Carolyn Warner

Reading Journal Carolyn Warner, The Rise of the State System in Africa Carolyn Warner displays a rare eagerness to engage with massive questions about the structure of human society and how it applies in Africa. Many of the systems of societal … Continue reading

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Journal 6

Money matters, and in this realm, size really matters when it comes to the influence and importance of foreign countries to Egypt. Home to the worlds’ largest Arab population, which has been relentlessly expanding for decades, Egypt has few sources … Continue reading

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Journal 5

Egypt possesses far and away the most powerful army in all of Africa, yet examination of their military record would indicate Egypt is more of a paper tiger than a legitimate military actor. This is largely because the vast majority … Continue reading

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Journal 4

Egypt, like many countries receives considerable foreign aid from the US and other nations. US aid in Egypt is exceptionally pronounced, with Egypt receiving the second most US aid in the entire world after Israel. Other countries such as France … Continue reading

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Journal 3

The US has tried very hard to ensure that it remains on good terms with Egypt’s various leaders over the past several years, continuing military support even in the face of extreme human rights abuses, but has failed to garner … Continue reading

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Journal Post 2

Egypt, like many African countries, has been dominated by a series of semi legitimate strong man leaders who have suppressed free speech and claimed authoritarian powers in order to control the country and its populace. These leaders have varied greatly … Continue reading

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Journal 1

Egypt’s colonial history has certain parallels with Eritrea’s, but ultimately was far less violent, traumatic, or long lasting. The violent occupation by Italian forces of Eritrea and the ensuing apartheid government they established left physical, psychological and economic scars on … Continue reading

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