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We the Portuguese People: Fighting For What Matters

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.10.2017 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week the Portuguese people learned that their former Ministry of Finance accepted a job at Arrow Global -- a leading global debt purchaser and ma...

How Fracking and Dodd-Frank are Reshaping Petro-Politics Around the World

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.06.2017 | Home
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

A number of authoritarian regimes around the world are heavily dependent on oil revenues and institutional corruption to remain in power.

Redefining 'Wake Up'

Success 3.0 | Posted 11.15.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Success 3.0

Success 3.0 has to answer a couple of questions. One: "Who are you?" "Who am I?" These are the big questions. Two: Are we willing to play a larger ...

Democratizing the Maker Movement

Aaron Dubrow | Posted 09.07.2016 | Technology
Aaron Dubrow

The fact that millions of Americans are building airplanes in their garage, meeting at makerspaces to work with strangers on customized robots, and collaboratively solving society's problems at hackathons, is a beautiful thing.

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

The Global Middle Class: A Force for Radicalism

Brenda M. Seaver | Posted 07.14.2016 | Home
Brenda M. Seaver

Anecdotal evidence from the last decade suggests that U.S. officials need to consider the multiple ways in which the rising global middle class is fueling radical politics.

The Contrasting Fates of Tunisia and Libya

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.09.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

The people of Libya and Tunisia both overthrew long-standing dictatorships in popular uprisings in 2011. Four years later, however, the current political situation in these two neighboring North African states could not be more different. The reason has much to do with how their authoritarian regimes were overthrown.

Seven Myths About Democracy in Morocco

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.19.2016 | Home
Till Bruckner

Judging by media stories and think tank reports, many foreign commentators seem unable--or unwilling--to see beyond the reformist image that the Moroccan leadership seeks to project abroad.

Nonviolent Movements Are Best Chance for Democracy. And They Must Be Helped.

Maciej Bartkowski | Posted 06.02.2015 | Home
Maciej Bartkowski

In the midst of a global authoritarian backlash and a dominant, reflexive, response of states to challenge violence with more violence, nonviolent resistance offers a serious alternative.

Fighting ISIL and Arab Democratization

Mihai Pătru | Posted 05.16.2015 | Home
Mihai Pătru

There is a mixed feeling of resignation and fear among the population in the region. This comes as a result of the pressure exercised on the population by the atrocities ISIL exhibited.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

The Power of Questions to Fix Political Reputation

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.28.2014 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.

19th-Century General Teaches 21st-Century Economists and Politicians: Arthur Wellesley and the IMF Programs in Portugal

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 07.15.2014 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Last week, the Prime Minister of Portugal announced the end of the third intervention of the International Monetary Fund in the country since 1978. But the challenges Portugal faces in building a flexible economy will continue.

Four Decades after the 'Third Wave of Democratization' and the Irrelevance of Political Parties' Differences in Portugal: 1974-2014

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.19.2015 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In the last forty years, periods of economic growth, stagnation, and recession have occurred in equal measure irrespective of which party held the power.

The Future of Rapid Prototyping

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Gianluca Fiano Remember the replicator that allowed the instantaneous, voice controlled creation of food and other objects? Of course, ...

Innocents Abroad? The University of Wisconsin in Kazakhstan

Howard Schweber | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Howard Schweber

In a recent Huffpo column entitled"Hidden Truths About American Colleges Abroad," Jim Sleeper makes some alarming accusations. He draws an analogy be...

The New Role of the Explorer

Stacy Bare | Posted 09.08.2013 | Green
Stacy Bare

(Photo courtesy of Chris Kassar) In decades past, the role of the explorer, the adventurer, was pretty clear-cut: go to empty spots on the map and f...

The Ecology of Public Space: From Uhuru to Taksim

Mia MacDonald | Posted 09.07.2013 | Home
Mia MacDonald

As public space has become increasingly privatized and commercialized, such green space reminds people that they're citizens and rights-bearers, and not merely consumers and logo-wearers.

The Character of Revolution

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.25.2013 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

A number of analysts and scholars of the Middle East have argued that the revolutions and uprisings taking place in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria are the first of their kind to take place in the region.

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

Systematic Torture, Syria and the Human Body -- My Father

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

However, how much longer can the regime sustain itself on gruesome tactics when the numbers of resistors have grown exponentially and will only continue to increase?

Why The Glass Is Half-Full

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Deepak Chopra

The point isn't that you have to believe the positive and ignore the negative. The two sides are intimately linked and inescapable. But you can align yourself with the positive side. The vote is cast at the level of consciousness.

From the Arab Spring to a Freedom Summer: A Pan-Democratic Movement and Civic Parliament

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 08.01.2011 | Home
Benjamin R. Barber

The spirit of Tahrir Square still lives, but the courageous women and men who took the risks cannot prevail without significant cross-border cooperation and civic foundation-building assistance.

Libya's Future After the No-Fly Zone? It's Complicated.

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Benjamin R. Barber

For Libyans who have risked their lives in the name of democracy, the fates have engineered a beneficent reversal as radical as any in history. It's unclear, however, what the ultimate outcome of the allies' intervention will be for democracy.

Israel's Modern Exodus: Faith In Egyptian Democratization

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

The image of Egypt as the land of pagan falsehoods and slavery derived from the Biblical Story of Exodus is the theological root of Western and Israeli skepticism on Egyptian democratization.