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FY 2006/2007 Research Topic: 2-04d
Democratization of Egyptian Society and the Mubarak Regime


Egypt is one of the most influential countries in the North Africa and Middle Eastern region, and is critical from the perspective of global political and economic stability. Observing the mass frustration demonstrated during two recent elections, for the president of the state and the People's Assembly, we find that the Mubarak government and the ruling party (NDP) are strenuously working toward the full implementation of the promises made during the election campaign. Political, social and economic reforms, democratization and programs aimed at the vulnerable classes are critically important given the domestic and global trend toward democratization, sustainable growth and poverty reduction with creation of employment opportunities.

The purpose of this study is to comprehensively capture and describe the evolution of Egyptian society from political, social, and economic points of views and to compile them into a book for the IDE Studies Series.

We will describe the evolution of the political and economic regime from a historical perspective, the current political situation, the current reform program of President Mubarak and the long-term development program, trade, industry and investment regimes, regional and international agreements, rural and agricultural development, labor and social policies, and energy and environment.


April 2006 - March 2007


YAMADA Toshikazu

Members of the Research Project

YAMADA Toshikazu
NOGUCHI Katsuaki (Director Charge of Overseas Research Department, JETRO)
INO Takeji (Dean, Wayo Women's University)
NAGASAWA Eiji (Professor, University of Tokyo)
TANADA Hirofumi (Professor, Waseda Univesity)
SUZUKI Emi (Ph.D. candidate, University of Tokyo)
UCHIDA Masanori (Japan Bank of International Cooperation)
WATANABE Matsuo (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
KASHIWAGI Kenichi (Japan Embassy in Cairo)