Issue No. 2 of the Egypt Institute Journal, published in April 2016, included a number of political, strategic, economic, intellectual and legal articles, as follows:
1- ‘Egyptian Role in Africa: Variables and Threats’, by Dr. Gamal Dhil’a
The study focuses on three main axes that overlap and interact with each other to clarify and acknowledge the reality of the threats and challenges affecting the Egyptian role, emphasizing how and to what extent the international and regional variables affect Egypt’s undertaking of a pioneer and active role in Africa, as follows:
– First, international changes in Africa in the aftermath of the end of the Cold War,
– Second, international threats and challenges affecting the Egyptian role in Africa,
– Third, proposed Egyptian strategy to deal with threats and challenges of international variables.
2- ‘Building Alliances between Political Groups’, by Dr. Essam Abdel Shafy
The study is based on analyzing the nature of likely interactions between political groups of different ideological origins, in general, as a reference for the emerging political parties. It reviews patterns of cooperation and conflict that have occurred in some countries, taking advantage of them and their partisan experiences.
The study seeks to answer the following questions:
– How did political groups in pluralistic societies manage their various interactions?
– To what extent did this management succeed?
– How can lessons derived from historical experiences in this framework be used in managing interactions between Egyptian political groups in the post-January 25 Revolution (2011)?
The study is divided into three topics, namely:
– First, international experiences in managing pluralism in transitional stages,
– Second, building alliances between political groups in Egypt after the January 2011 revolution,
– Third, a forward-looking vision: Alternatives and Scenarios
3- ‘Conflict Settlement and Preventive Diplomacy’, by Dr. Badr Shafei
The study is divided into three main axes, namely:
– The first axis deals with the concept of conflict settlement and its various forms,
– The second axis addresses the relationship between conflict settlement and the concepts of preventing, managing and resolving conflicts,
– The third and last axis addresses the relationship between conflict resolution and the concepts of preventive diplomacy; and prevention, preservation, enforcement, and building peace.
4- ‘Criminal Accountability of President of the Republic in Egyptian constitutions’, by Dr. Khaled Al-Sayyed Al-Metwally
The study concludes that trial of the President of the Republic in Egyptian constitution is not permissible before ordinary courts for any crime he commits, as confirmed by the South Cairo Court of First Instance in a famous verdict, but only before a special court as stipulated in Article 85 of the Constitution.
6- ‘Smart Power: Concept and Dimensions’, by Yomna Suleiman
The study relies on Joseph Nye’s theory, his definition of ‘smart power’, its role and its position within the concept of ‘power’.
7- ‘Businessmen and the Economic Role of the Military’, by Wessam Gaafar
The study is divided into five axes, including the attitudes of businessmen towards the economic role of the military institution.
8- ‘Water Diplomacy: The Case of Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam’ , by Mohamed Mohsen Abul Nour
The study attempts to answer several questions, most notably:
– What are the challenges that face the Egyptian negotiator behind closed doors over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) crisis?
– What are the practical options that Egypt can rely on as part of its efforts to resolve the crisis?
9- ‘Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq’s Sermon and Prospects of Political Rationality’, by Dr. Attia Adlan
The study concludes that we possess a juristic, political and historical heritage from which we can draw a rational political theory.
10- ‘Islamic Movements and the Debate of the Religious and Political’, by Jalal Khoshaib and Amal Washnan
The study seeks finding out the extent of the Islamic movements ability to contribute to shaping features of the current modern State in the Arab world.
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