US Aid to Egypt: The Challenge of Balancing National Interest and Human Rights

Authors

  • Murad Ali Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Malakand
  • Mairaj ul Hamid Lecturer, University of Malakand
  • Sadia Sulaiman Assistant Professor, Area Study Center, Quaid i Azam University Islamabad

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35994/rhr.v8i1.205

Abstract

 

The United States provides generous aid to developing countries around the world. However, one of the conditions for aid giving is to first make sure that the receiving country is not involved in human rights violations. In this respect the US has also passed legislation in 1970s that clearly forbids aid, both economic and military, to a country involved in human rights violations. While such legislation is in place, the actual practice of aid giving often ignores the human rights violations. In this article, we focus on the US aid giving to Egypt and explore whether the US took into consideration the aspect of human rights violation by the latter. Examining US economic and military aid to Egypt over an extended period of several decades covering various regimes including that of President Sisi, we conclude that the US has consistently ignored the aspect of human rights violations as the country is vital for safeguarding US foreign policy goals in the region.  

 

Author Biographies

Murad Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Malakand

Murad Ali holds a PhD from New Zealand and Post Doc from Germany. More than 20 articles are in his credit. He is currently Assistant Professor and In charge department of Political Science, University of Malakand Chakdara Lower Dir.

 

Mairaj ul Hamid, Lecturer, University of Malakand

Mairaj ul Hamid holds an MPhil degree in American Studies from Qauaid i Azam University, Islamabad. He has published his research work in various journals and magazines of social sciences. Currently he teaches at the Department of Political Science, University of Malakand Chakdara, Lower Dir.

Sadia Sulaiman, Assistant Professor, Area Study Center, Quaid i Azam University Islamabad

Sadia Sulaiman is an Assistant Professor and the acting-Director of Area Study Center for Africa, North and South America of Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. She has widely published on regional politics and beyond. 

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Published

2022-06-30

How to Cite

Ali, M., Mairaj ul Hamid, & Sulaiman, S. (2022). US Aid to Egypt: The Challenge of Balancing National Interest and Human Rights . Review of Human Rights, 8(1), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.35994/rhr.v8i1.205