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Regions & CountriesJanuary 23, 2020 | 15:13 GMT
Egypt
Egypt
Located in the northeast corner of Africa, Egypt lies at the heart of the Arab World. Comprised of mostly uninhabitable desert, 99 percent of the country's 93 million people live along the banks of the Nile River. This region, from the Aswan High Dam to the Mediterranean shore is Egypt's core. The Nile, while not commercially navigable, forms the basis of Egypt's irrigation-dependent agricultural sector. The long, narrow stretch of population requires expensive infrastructure development — especially related to transportation, straining the capital-poor government's resources. The desert topography demands a great deal of investment on a national scale necessitating a strong central state, helping to explain Egypt's history of authoritarian regimes beginning with the pharaohs. Egypt's main geographic challenge has been to develop beyond the narrow Nile corridor and project power eastward. The Saharan desert has largely insulated the Nile core from its western flank and contained Egypt's westward expansion. Egypt has been able to translate its strong central government and border with Israel into developing a relationship with the United States, the key foreign backer protecting the Suez Canal and the northern coastline. This area contains the majority of Egypt's offshore hydrocarbon reserves. The Sinai Desert has traditionally been the overland route of foreign invasion, but its more manageable geography also accommodates Egyptian attempts to interact with the Levant and Arabian Peninsula and competition with Saudi Arabia for the role of regional Arab hegemon.
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Annual ForecastsJan 6, 2020 | 00:01 GMT
2020 Annual Forecast
A tepid global economy, continued trade uncertainty and the impending U.S. presidential election will shape the direction of world events in 2020.
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Director, Global Energy and Middle EastDec 26, 2019 | 20:36 GMT
Greg Priddy
Greg Priddy

Greg Priddy is Director, Global Energy and Middle East, at Stratfor. Having spent most of his career at the nexus between geopolitical risk and the energy sector, he contributes to Stratfor's analysis on the Middle East, energy, financial markets, and broader Global Macro coverage. Prior to joining Stratfor, Mr. Priddy was Director, Global Oil, at Eurasia Group, and also has worked previously at the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Department of the Navy.

Mr. Priddy has appeared on or been quoted by a number of prominent media outlets including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and the PBS NewsHour.

He holds a BA and MA in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and has also studied in Egypt at the American University in Cairo.

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Contributor PerspectivesDec 25, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself.
The Geopolitics of Christmas
Whether and how people celebrate Christmas is clearly a complicated affair, bearing only a subtle relationship to Christianity itself. The contemporary, increasingly international version of Christmas is less a religious festival than a celebration of affluence, modernity, and above all Westernness. Without anyone willing it, Christmas has become part of a package of Western soft power.
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