Al-Ahram Weekly Online
11 - 17 October 2001
Issue No.555
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The harvest

President Hosni Mubarak

Few could have envied then vice-President Hosni Mubarak as he donned the mantle of the Egyptian head of state 20 years ago. President Sadat had been assassinated by Islamist militants, an attempted Islamist inserruction had just been foiled, regionally and domestically the country was embroiled in profound political and economic crisis: 1000 top political and religious leaders were in prison; political pluralism had been effectively suspended; Egypt was boycotted by the rest of the Arab nation; the economy and infrastructure were in shambles; and Israel had yet to complete its withdrawal from a significant part of the Sinai Peninsula. Below and on following pages, Al-Ahram Weekly assesses the 20-year harvest and tries to capture some of the salient features of Mubarak's style of leadership

Steering a steady course
Strength of character and perspicuity have powered two decades of foreign policy for President Mubarak. Nevine Khalil looks at the ebb and flow of diplomacy over the years

Dealing with brass tacks
While acting to upgrade and modernise the nation's infrastructure, President Hosni Mubarak also set his sights on incorporating Egypt into the global economy, writes Niveen Wahish

Uprooting terrorism
Restoring domestic stability was President Hosni Mubarak's top priority upon assuming power. But, as Ahmed Moussa reports, some mistakes were made before this goal was achieved

Steering the nation through troubled waters
Mubarak's leadership has shown that Egypt is for democracy and against terrorism, writes Hala Mustafa

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