The Obama administration faces various challenges and opportunities in the realm of democracy support, ranging from the Middle East and North Africa to Russia, Burma, and beyond.
As global tensions over Iran’s nuclear program escalate, Tehran and the West have reached a standoff. To revive negotiations, a clear understanding of the key factors influencing Iran’s stance is paramount.
Turkey has a potentially valuable role to play in supporting democracy and state-building in the Arab world, but big questions about that role abound.
Turkey’s seemingly successful blend of Islam and democracy, as well as its steady economic growth, are very attractive points, but its human rights infractions are worrying.
Just back from the region, Senator Lindsey Graham discussed Afghanistan, Libya, and the future of the war on terror.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the revolutionary change sweeping across the Arab world may provide a distinct opportunity to push for a lasting settlement between the Arabs and Israelis.
Despite the Egyptian revolution’s historic scope and achievements thus far, building a democratic and transparent society free from authoritarianism and corruption will require both reconstruction and institutional reform.
With revolutionary change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa and violence erupting in Libya, U.S. policy toward the region is quickly evolving.
As the Arab world is being engulfed by mass outrage and popular unrest spurred by long-term economic and political frustration, it remains unclear what long-term effects the unrest will have on the region.
While a greater degree of pluralism has been introduced into Arab societies, they are still likely to grapple with political apathy, low voter turnout, dwindling membership in registered parties, and shrinking constituencies for the foreseeable future.