Accession Number : ADA501061
Title : Egypt: Background and U.S. Relations
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Sharp, Jeremy M
Report Date : 12 May 2009
Pagination or Media Count : 40
Abstract : This report provides an overview of Egyptian politics and current issues in U.S.-Egyptian relations. It briefly provides a political history of modern Egypt, an overview of its political institutions, and a discussion of the prospects for democratization in Egypt. U.S. policy toward Egypt is aimed at maintaining regional stability, improving bilateral relations, continuing military cooperation, and sustaining the March 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Successive Administrations have long viewed Egypt as a moderating influence in the Middle East, at the same time in recent years, there have been increasing U.S. calls for Egypt to democratize. Congressional views of U.S.-Egyptian relations vary. Many lawmakers view Egypt as a stabilizing force in the region, but some Members would like the United States to pressure Egypt to implement political reforms, improve its human rights record, and take a more active role in reducing Arab-Israeli tensions.
Descriptors : *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , STABILITY , UNITED STATES , COOPERATION , EGYPT , FOREIGN POLICY , POLITICAL SCIENCE
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE