In 1978, after 12 days of secret meetings in the presidential retreat of Camp David in the U.S., President Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed two agreements that paved the way for the Egypt-Israel peace treaty of the following year. Back then, Tunisia was ruled by the charismatic Habib Bourguiba, the country’s first president and in Iran massive protests against the Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi were the prelude to the revolution. It was also the year Ali Abdullah Saleh became the president of North Yemen.
Long spell in power
The legacy of Saleh’s long spell in power, during which he developed a complex network of patronage, is proving difficult to overcomeManuel Almeida