The Middle East
Can the Egyptian-American Relationship Be “Reinvented”?

A strong U.S.-Egyptian relationship is necessary for the United States to achieve its many objectives in the Middle East. And permanent estrangement, which looks increasingly likely, is not a foregone conclusion.

Published on: April 8, 2014
Daniel Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt.
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  • mc

    Successful diplomatic engagement requires a well educated and skilled group of diplomats and attachés. Our universities no longer produce such people and our bureaucracies can no longer train them. A diplomacy not cognizant of its weaknesses is a dangerous thing.

  • Arkeygeezer

    “Astonishingly, Egyptians believe the United States is responsible for all the ills that have befallen their country since the revolution. They even believe that the United States installed the Muslim Brotherhood in power in order to dominate Egyptian society. “

    Not so astonishing; the Obama Administration actively supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Malik Obama, the President’s half brother, was active in a subgroup of the Muslim Brotherhood and now resides in an Egyptian jail. The next President may do something to repair this relationship, but the Obama administration has already dug its own grave with the Egyptians.

  • Fred

    One thing that might help is for the West in general and America in particular to lay down the white man’s burden and stop trying to civilize the Egyptians. All they know or have ever known is brutal authoritarianism. They simply don’t have the historical, cultural, or economic wherewithal for liberal democracy and the rule of law. We need to let savages be savage. If the administration wants to salve its liberal conscience it can gently suggest, behind the scenes in a way that won’t cause the Egyptians to lose face, that they might moderate the brutality of their authoritarianism and then let the Egyptians proceed to ignore that suggestion.

  • Jim__L

    Step 1: Accept that the Twitterati are not a significant population in any country — not even the United States, and that true democracy does not involve most of what Liberals hold dear.

    Reality in foreign and domestic policies depend on taking this step.

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