As U.S. Changes Foreign Policy Priorities, Will Egypt be Left Behind?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Egyptians gather for a protest in downtown Cairo to denounce the military's attacks on women and to call for an immediate end to the violence against protesters on December 20, 2011. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, President Barack Obama laid down a new set of foreign policy priorities. The Arab-Israeli conflict made the cut, as did mitigating the civil war in Syria and thwarting Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Noticeably missing from the president’s list of top priorities was Egypt, a crucial and long held U.S. ally in the Middle East. 

Michael Wahid Hanna, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, weighs in on the changing dynamics between the two countries.


Michael Wahid Hanna

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]


It is very hard -- other than naked political posturing with left-wing interest groups -- to concern oneself with "the Arab-Israeli conflict." Right now, the luckiest Arabs in the entire middle east are the ones who reside in Israel.

Elsewhere -- in Egypt, Libya, Syria and throughout most of the Arab world -- Arabic populations ate in general states of civil collapse, with Arabs dying at the hands of other Arabs by the thousands and in some of the most brutal conditions seen in our lifetimes.

The middle east is now more than ever in dire need of good local examples of functioning and flourishing democracies. Like the nation state of Israel. What productive purpose does "conflict with Israel" serve at this time?

Maybe President Obama can answer that question.

Oct. 29 2013 09:49 AM

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