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Middle East Democracy

America's Best Endgame in the Middle East: Jobs, Jobs, and More Jobs

Judith Barnett | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Judith Barnett

Although shaping economies may begin with governments, the strength of any country will depend on the determination of the private sector.

A Civic Infrastructure for Arab Spring

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

The only circumstances in which robust democracy can fill such a vacuum is if its building blocks have already been established. In a word, Arab Spring lacks a civic infrastructure.

Democracy Cannot Be Exported or Imposed

Helen Clark | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home
Helen Clark

Democracy must come from the will of the people. The rest of us can support nations on the path they lay out for themselves to meet their aspirations for equity, inclusiveness and empowerment.

The Future of Arab Democracy?

Avi Spiegel | Posted 08.23.2011 | Home
Avi Spiegel

The protesters on the streets of Morocco have not been asking for administrative change. Instead, they have been calling for a brand new political system, one where the elected government did something revolutionary: It governed.

Can America Take Credit for the Arab Spring?

Avi Spiegel | Posted 07.21.2011 | Home
Avi Spiegel

Is the Arab Spring really an "American" Revolution? According to President Obama and his speechwriters, the answer is, surprisingly, yes.

Turkey Should Wield Its Power in Syria

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 07.16.2011 | Home
Joshua W. Walker

The U.S., European Union and others have condemned Bashar al-Assad -- to little effect. The missing international voice has been Syria's northern neighbor, economic benefactor and the Middle East's newest regional power: Turkey.

Andrea Stone

Poll Of Americans Finds Less Support For Libya No-Fly Campaign But High Marks For Middle East Uprisings | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Americans are losing patience with the international military action in Libya even as an overwhelming majority look positively on the Ar...

Who Killed the Arab Spring?

Avi Spiegel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Home
Avi Spiegel

The limited intervention in Libya averted a humanitarian disaster, but it also killed the Arab Spring.

So Many Ways to Strut Your Democratic Stuff in a New World

Pepe Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pepe Escobar

It's not surprising that key sectors in the West are pushing for a "safe" Turkish model for Egypt. But there are stark differences between Turkey's road to a military-free democracy and the littered path ahead for Egypt's nascent political parties.

Why the U.S. Should Welcome Arab Democracy

Dalia Mogahed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dalia Mogahed

Many fear democracy in the Middle East risks anti-American groups coming to power. But according to Gallup research, the U.S. would do well to embrace a democratic Arab world as consistent with our interests and values. Here's why.

Predicting the Future of the Middle East -- The Easy Way

Avi Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Avi Spiegel

The purely authoritarian regimes in the Middle East can loosely be classified into two categories: monarchies and republics. If you want to know who will be most likely to follow the path of Ben Ali and Mubarak, look at the republics.

Pox Americana: Driving Through the Gates of Hell and Other American Pastimes in the Greater Middle East

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Tom Engelhardt

The administration has been shaken. Officials are undoubtedly worried about a domestic political future in which the question could be -- who lost the Middle East? Like the Cheshire Cat's grin, only the rhetoric of the last decades seems to be left.

Think Again: Chutzpah on the Right

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

One reason that conservatives are divided -- to put it generously -- about democracy in the Arab world is that for many of them their primary concern is not democracy or even the Arab world, but Israel.

The Tunisian Revolt: Learning From the Mistakes of the Iranian Revolution

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

The people in the streets who toppled the regime should not think for a moment that their work is done.