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Friday, 20 April 2018
After years of neglecting its neighbours in Africa, Egypt’s new outlook on foreign policy after the 2013 revolution has been especially welcome in regard to the Nile Basin states
Many agree that Egypt’s reform programme was necessary. But as the economy starts to revive, decision-makers must keep an eye on formulating a comprehensive social policy
In addition to their enormous human costs, the conflicts in the Middle East will have long-term negative effects on the economic prospects of the countries concerned
Critics say that Egypt has focused on infrastructure over human resources in its development drive. But not only is this not true, it misunderstands what drives development
Caution has been the watchword of Egyptian policy on Yemen, though if further deterioration occurs, Cairo may be forced to intervene
Egypt saw progress on combating terrorism in 2017, but more needs to be done, especially in activating the roles of the individual and civil society in counter-terrorism efforts
The government’s ongoing economic reform programme is designed to put an end to years of economic mismanagement and stop-gap solutions
The loss of territory in 2017 suffered by various terrorist entities will influence their tactics and strategies in the year ahead
The rise of social media as a tool has changed how Islamist terrorist groups recruit, in turn weakening their cohesion and blurring the boundaries between them

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