n.32 October 2010


Coptic Christians in Egypt have long been at the mercy of the country's majority Muslim community. Tensions flared again in January following a drive-by massacre in an upper Egyptian town near Luxor.  While Coptic officials downplayed the attack, saying it fit a known pattern of abuse that they have grown to know, the recent massacre nonetheless elicited doubts about Egypt’s commitment to religious tolerance and stirred debate regarding the future of the Middle East’s
most important secular nation.


Compared withthe assessment policy published in the previous issue of east, overall ratings have improved.

Turkey faces a dilemma. It often directs harsh rhetoric at the United States while at the same time seeking (and expecting) American-inspired solutions to many of its problems. It is atroubling paradox that incumbent Turkish
Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party need to work n repairing.