US Policy Towards Egypt During Barack Obama’s Presidency: Change or Continuity?
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Publication date: 2019-09-30
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2019;55(3):91-111
The speech delivered by American President Barack Obama at the University of Al Azhar in Cairo in June 2009 not only struck a sympathetic chord in the ‘Arab Dawn’, but it also inspired local youth to embark on the spontaneous actions which turned into the so-called Arab Spring, initiated by the events in Tunis and Cairo at the turn of 2010/2011. The subsequent withdrawal of US support for President Hosni Mubarak and the de facto approval of the takeover of power in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood and President Muhammad Morsi seemed to indicate a change in US policy towards Egypt and the entire region. Therefore, it came as a shock for believer s in the American support for democratic changes in Egypt and the region when in 2014 the Obama administration approved of the army taking power in Egypt. This response exemplified the reality, namely that the primary goal of US policy in the Arab world is not so much to advance democratization but, rather, to maintain political and economic stability in the region as well as guarantee Israel’s security.
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