Egypt And The Arabs: Foreign Policy And The Search For National Identity

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Egypt And The Arabs: Foreign Policy And The Search For National Identity

By Joseph P. Lorenz
Westview Press, 1990
184 pp. $34.95
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A concise history of Egyptian foreign policy since the officers' revolution of 1952, featuring the alternating, often conflicting and sometimes coexisting currents of broad Pan-Arabism and narrower Egyptian nationalism. The bulk of the book deals with the Sadat years, generally following well-known lines, but with additional insights derived from the author's experience as a U.S. foreign service officer dealing with Egyptian affairs. On the years of Mubarak, more a practical than an ideological man as he has sought a return to the Arab fold while holding to the peace treaty with Israel, the author makes clear which are the bedrock elements of Egyptian policy and which are merely the tactical.

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