Damian Radcliffe, University of Oregon In 2011, the Arab Spring rocked many parts of the Middle East. Regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya sa...
The repression in Bahrain is part of a larger policy of crushing dissent that the Bahraini government has followed since 2011, when hundreds of thousands joined a popular uprising demanding freedom and democracy.
This week's meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry makes no mention of democratic provisions, human rights abuses and the increased suppression of civil society. The meeting in Washington signals that once and for all the U.S. is choosing one at the expense of the other.
What we have today is a West that is retreating militarily and shrinking economically, yet one that still speaks as the lord and master in command of the fates of nations and continents.
I wanted to stretch my arms into the clouds and pull the moon closer; perhaps its light would expose the perpetrators, stopping them from committing the crime they were plotting.
Ultimately the world's leaders need to be willing to challenge the status quo and tackle the common challenges of limited capacity, corruption, lack of accountability, and elite capture.
Given the disastrous course of Egypt's transition since President Mubarak stepped down from office in February 2011, many commentators are quick to claim 20/20 hindsight.
AL-ZARQA, Jordan -- In the beginning, I completely believed that people should go after their freedom, even if the process involves violence. But from time to time I think to myself, is it worth all the losses and the innocent lives? Is it worth destroying a whole country and its history?
My country was being rapidly destroyed by my own people and I wanted it to stop. But how was I supposed to stop believing in the one cause that I believed in so passionately?
Egypt's "deep state" did not disappear with Mubarak and his regime. Yes, removing an authoritative dictator who ruled for nearly 30 years was indeed a challenge and a major feat. However, as the past five years have shown us, we clearly were not prepared for what came next.
Dignity was at the forefront of every protest movement's demands; dignity in the face of decades of authoritarianism and repression.
Despite everything I've just said: I had never felt so alive, so in love, so overwhelmed with emotions and so true and dedicated to a cause as I did in those years.
It seemed that all around me, January 25 was being subject to a burial, and that I would have to work backwards to understand what had happened before I could serve its cause.
The problem with "digital democracy" can be synthesized down to the willingness by those in power within the Bush and Obama administrations (and later, Google) to embrace the incomplete musings of a naïve young man -- Jared Cohen -- about issues he was ill-positioned to proffer.
Few would dispute the significant advances Tunisians have made towards democratization since escaping Ben Ali's dictatorship in 2011. But these accomplishments have remained elitist matters, viewed with apathy by the wider population.
I believe we're ready to be liberated. But for this to take place, for any change to take place at all, people have to see and admit the ugly situation that surrounds them first.