The role of globalization in Canada and Egypt.

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The push and pull of global forces is a factor common to every country in the world. In the struggle for power, even richer countries fall prey to corporate interest, arduous and effectual decision-making, and sometimes even devastation. While the global community can act as a positive force, both Canada and Egypt experience their downsides on a daily basis. However, assessing the negative and positive aspects of globalization, in addition to the foreign policies of Egypt and Canada may aid in understanding the need for a global community effort in democratic progress, and for a strong and peaceful foreign policy on behalf of both governments to coincide with the wishes of a global community.

An equally important concept to discuss is just how indicative foreign policy is of a country's quality of democracy. It is impossible to deny that every country in the world is at least partially affected by external subordination, cultural influence, etc.

-- if one country is more influenced than another, that country is not necessarily less democratic. Moreover, it is difficult to determine whether or not a country conducts its foreign policy "in accordance with democratic norms", because many countries in the world have obtained different stances on foreign policy. One cannot accuse, for example, a country which limits its immigration policy of acting in a non-democratic manner. When this issue is considered, it is clear that both Egypt's and Canada's international roles are almost equal democratically.

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