Friday,26 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1399, (28 June - 4 July 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Egyptian borders

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s three borders present different sets of political and foreign policy considerations, and yet pose similar challenges. To the south, Egypt’s outlook is informed by ancient geopolitical bonds with its Nilotic neighbour. To the west, Egypt is deeply troubled by the political vacuum and anarchy in Libya, the proliferation of terrorist groups in the vicinity of the border, and the implications this has for Egyptian national security. It is impossible to contemplate the northeast border without thinking of relations with Gaza and Egyptian-Israeli cooperation on security matters. In all three directions, the question of borders evokes the threats of terrorism, illegal arms smuggling and human trafficking and the need for urgent measures to handle these and other problems. The three articles below take each direction in turn. 

Policies to develop the southern zone

Despite long historical ties, the border between Egypt and Sudan remains an issue beset by periodic tensions, writes Amira Abdel-Halim​

Egypt’s western border and the security dilemma

While Egypt has firmed up security on its western border, the crisis in Libya sustains border threats, writes Ahmed El-Beheiri

Multi-faceted policies for problematic borders

Of all of Egypt’s borders, the northeast border with Gaza/Israel remains the most strategically delicate, writes Mohamed Gomaa

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