Egypt’s “Infitah” and the Politics of US Economic Assistance

Full article available for download here: Egypt’s Infitah

Source: Middle Eastern Studies, Vol 21, No. 2 (April., 1985)

Marvin G. Weinbaum

This paper gives necessary insight for anyone interested in Egypt’s socioeconomic transition away from the socialist leaning government of Gamal Abdul Nassar towards what was described as “free market” capitalism under Sadat.  Weinbaum discusses the influence of U.S. aid on the Egyptian administration, how that aid policy changed, and how Egypt’s Infitah (opening) may not have been an opening at all.

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