World: Eglibdan? Sudeglib? Or Libdangypt?

For a dozen years, Egypt's late President Gamal Abdel Nasser tried repeatedly to achieve some sort of Arab unity. He failed every time. In 1958, he forged a union with Syria and Iraq that endured for three contention-ridden years and is commemorated only by Egypt's continuing official designation as the United Arab Republic. At the same time he conceived of a looser association between Egypt and Yemen, but the plan got nowhere. Nasser's most realistic attempt, dreamed up a year ago, involved Egypt and its revolutionary neighbors, Libya and Sudan. In Cairo last week, rulers of the three countries met to...

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