Egypt, being surrounded by many different countries, is typically influenced by Sudan, and Libya, as well as Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Egypt encompases fifteen different languages, from Arabic, to Greek, to Armenian. The most common language spoken is Egyptian style Arabic, a dialect of traditional Arabic. Old Egypt spoke a traditional form of its traditional language, old Egyptian. The language eventually progressed to middle Egyptian, and then to late Egyptian. Egypt then had a more greek influence, gaining popularity of a language known as Coptic. Eventually, Arabic replaced Coptic as the most written and spoken language, throughout Egypt, which is still utilized today. Because arabic is the common language of Egypt, some international relations are made easier, specifically with nearby arabic speaking countries.
Egypt is one of the original 51 founding countries of the United Nations. The United Nations is an multi country organization that promotes international cooperation, as we read about in chapter 3 of the Steger reading on globalization. Egypt has been a member of the United Nations since October 24th, 1945. Egypt is also closely related to the IMF, the International Monetary Fund. Their economy has been growing more and more over the past five or so years, partly because of their involvement with the IMF, which has worked to increase loans and monetary aid . Although Egypt’s economy is growing, it is still one of the more poor countries of the United Arab spring countries. Another organization Egypt has relations with is the WTO, the World Trade Organization. The World Trade Organization is an international organization, that encompases many different countries from around the world. The WTO works to implement and monitor all aspects of trading systems between the countries involved. Egypt joined the WTO in June of 1995. Egypt’s most recent affiliations with the WTO was their safeguard investigation into white sugar trade and polyethylene terephthalate, a common fiber used in clothing production.