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Analysis Of President Nasser's Controversial Canal

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Controversial Canal After the removal of the former King of Egypt for his corruption, Nasser emerged as the new President of Egypt in 1954 (House, n.d.). President Nasser was a very influential charismatic, energetic, leader taking a nationalistic point of view. Nasser goals were to establish Egypt as a sovereign nation free from the British colonial authority that remained in the country. To accomplish his vision of becoming an independent state, Nasser planned to build a dam called the Aswan High Dam. The dam would revolutionize agriculture in Egypt providing water to the dry climate by taming the Nile River (House, n.d.). This paper will examine the ends, ways, means, and risks associated with the vision Nasser had for creating an…show more content…
To stimulate the economic growth in Egypt Nasser envisioned building the Aswan High Dam. This would create an agricultural system that previously did not exist. Nasser also understood that removing the British that currently operated the Suez Canal would also be beneficial economically and unrestricted his ability to influence the people; he served as President. Initially, President Nasser looked to the west for the financing of the dam. The United States was interested, but when Nasser also requested the sale of modern weapons the negotiations abruptly ended (House, n.d.). Nasser looked to the arch nemesis of the United States-Russia to fund the construction of the dam. Russia agreed to the sale of weapons and suggested financing the project, but Nasser had other plans and nationalized the Suez…show more content…
His resources were limited but ascertaining the means to produce both, a effective economy and security were necessary. Since Russia agreed to the sale, of weapons and aircraft in exchange for rice and cotton, Nasser knew, resourcing, and training his military was one of his top priorities. Nasser called upon 80 former German officers to provide the training, advisement, and assistance his military required (House, n.d.). President Nasser also understood the importance of establishing alliances by signing a tripartite agreement with Syria and Jordan placing him in command of all three armies in 1956 (Jewish Virtual Library, n.d.). Within a year, President Nasser signed a similar agreement with Saudi Arabia also (House, n.d.). By signing these agreements, Nasser contributed this to additional security; it also expanded his influence beyond his borders throughout the Middle East by unifying the Arab
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