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Egypt and American Foreign Assistance 1952-1956

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Egypt and American Foreign Assistance 1952-1956 by Jon B. Alterman
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This title reveals the story of missed opportunities, mixed messages, and mutual frustrations in American relations with Egypt at a seminal time. It sheds new light on the difficulties and challenges of a nascent relationship characterized by missed opportunities, mixed messages, and mutual frustrations. However beneficial the intentions of those on the ground, their desire for Egyptian economic development was stymied by bureaucratic obstacles both in Egypt and the United States. And as Egypt became embroiled in the Cold War, policy decisions increasingly were made at higher levels by officials more concerned with geopolitical and Arab Israeli issues and less how US assistance could help the domestic political economy of Egypt. Alterman shows how the interests of both countries diverged to eventually undermine an early American attempt at economic assistance.

Author Biography

JON B. ALTERMAN is a program officer in the Research and Studies Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. As an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, he served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. From 1993-97 he taught at Harvard University, from which he received a Ph.D. in history. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Asharq al-Awsat, and other major publications. Alterman is the author of New Media, New Politics? From satellite television to the Internet in the Arab world, editor of Sadat and His Legacy
Release date NZ
November 22nd, 2002
Country of Publication
United States
XXIV, 200 p.
Palgrave Macmillan
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