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Political Reflection, vol.2, no.2, pp.45-49, 2011 (Non Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Journal Name: Political Reflection
  • Page Numbers: pp.45-49
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, who is under strong global impact has been examined in this volume. Egypt is a transcontinental country which is located at the intersection of the North Africa and the Southwest Asia. The coun-try has a 80 million population in total and about 20 million of this population is living in Cairo city. The globalisation(better to say westernisation) pro-cess of Egypt started in 1979 (i.e. Camp David Ac-cords). After this date, the country turned its face from the North(communist bloc) to the West (US and EU). In this westernisation process which has been going on for the last 30 years, Egypt became very close to the United States (US) and the Euro-pean Union(EU) politically and financially, but it moved away from the countries of the North Africa and the Middle East, which are actually the places much more similar to the Egypt than US and EU in socio-cultural terms. US and EU financially and po-litically supported the Egypt government in a sys-tematic and regular way during this 30-year period (e.g. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided $1.3 billion financial aid to the Egyptian government every year since 1980 to support economic growth and to establish security in the country. Again, EU provided €558 million to the government between 2007-2011 under the Eu-ropean Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) to support political and economical reforms in the country. EU has just declared that they are going to provide an additional €449 million financial aid to Egypt for the same purposes under the same program between 2011 and 2013).