The Role Of Globalization In Canada And Egypt.

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The push and pull of global forces is a factor common to every country in the world. In the struggle for power, even richer countries fall prey to corporate interest, arduous and effectual decision-making, and sometimes even devastation. While the global community can act as a positive force, both Canada and Egypt experience their downsides on a daily basis. However, assessing the negative and positive aspects of globalization, in addition to the foreign policies of Egypt and Canada may aid in understanding the need for a global community effort in democratic progress, and for a strong and peaceful foreign policy on behalf of both governments to coincide with the wishes of a global community.An equally important concept to discuss is just how indicative foreign policy is of a country's quality of democracy. It is impossible to deny that every country in the world is at least partially affected by external subordination, cultural influence, etc. -- if one country is more influenced than another, that country is not necessarily less democratic. Moreover, it is difficult to determine whether or not a country conducts its foreign policy "in accordance with democratic norms", because many countries in the world have obtained different stances on foreign policy. One cannot accuse, for example, a country which limits its immigration policy of acting in a non-democratic manner. When this issue is considered, it is clear that both Egypt's and Canada's international roles are almost equal democratically.The Role of the International Community: The Case of EgyptThe role of the international community in the shaping of Egypt's governmental decisions must be analyzed before anything can be concluded about the level of democracy in the country. Undeniably, globalization could be equally to blame for any negative, "non-democratic" decisions Egypt's government decides to make in terms of foreign relations.Egypt, like Canada, sits in a precarious position on the international stage. Both countries were once colonies -- a factor that most certainly contributed to the shaping of both nations, particularly in terms of their outlook on international relations. Max Boot argues that colonialism (particularly on behalf of France and Britain) contributed to suppressing Islam, which could be partially responsible for why dangerous fundamentalist movements cropped up in countries such as Egypt. Thus, international pressures have caused and propagated turmoil within the Middle East.Today, Egypt is most certainly not free from cultural influence on behalf of the Western world. Egypt's middle class is impacted by the American media and lifestyle almost as much as Israel's. This could be positive, in the sense that Egyptians are casting aside fundamentalist ways, but at the same time such influence can be dangerous if the entire population is not on board with U.S. ideals and interests. Unfortunately this is the case. While the middle class is becoming more westernized, it...

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