Egypt

Technology, Ukraine and the fading of the nation-state.

Technology is what enabled Westphalia and is what is now slowly fraying it. Our national identity has weakened significantly as we’ve become far more exposed to other people and cultures. The nation state grew because communication was and could be constrained to language and geography. Moscow and Beijing still believe they can control that narrative …

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Woodrow Wilson and the United States of Arabia

David Gardner, Woodrow Wilson commissioned a group to see what the Arabs wanted post WW1. The outcome of this King-Crane report: the Arabs wanted a United States of Arabia. Instead they got the European Nation-State, a distinctly different creature, imposed upon it by the victorious French & British. The nation state is a European invention, …

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The unforced errors of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It’s only weeks ago that we all celebrated Recep’s genius; presiding over a decade of stellar growth and development he was convincingly reelected, had made peace with the Kurds, was establishing energy deals with Iraqi Kurdistan, championed the cause of relatively moderate Sunnis versus the Wahhabi’s, Shia, Israel and Assad’s coalition. Was welcomed again in …

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Egypt faces an immense challenge

Egypt faces an immense challenge. We may now see a proper liberal constitution being written enshrining equality, freedom of assembly, expression and religion: principles severely trampled upon under Morsi. But the return of Islamists and their doctrines to a democratic government of Egypt seems inevitable. With it the desire to turn Egypt into an Islamic …

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Egypt Abyss

In 2010, Egypt imported 40% of is food and 60% of its wheat. It is the largest importer of the latter. Egypt recognises the problem and is trying to dramatically improve wheat production but the methods employed may not be environmentally sustainable and make matters worse. At any rate, with a population growth of 1.7% …

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