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A Winning Bid for Democracy in Tunisia

By: Bailey Palmer When the Arab Spring seized the world’s headlines in 2011, there was excitement in the air. Indeed, the word “spring” itself evoked the hopefulness felt by people around the world. Conversations in coffee shops and Twitter feeds were emboldened by the promise of the democracy and prosperity to come. Yet today, the…

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Another Year of Protests: Ukraine, Venezuela, and Thailand

By: Andrew Peoples In the wake of the Occupy movement and Arab Spring, Time magazine named “The Protester” its 2011 person of the year. It’s been three years, and the Arab Spring has given way to a disheartening winter and the Occupy movement has died off. However, three disparate countries, Venezuela, Thailand, and Ukraine, have…

To Aid or Not to Aid?

By: Aashka Dave American aid to Egypt has become a contentious subject in light of the recent Egyptian revolution. This aid, $1.3 billion of which is given directly to the Egyptian military, becomes even more controversial after considering the military’s current position in the Egyptian government. The Egyptian military is noteworthy as the motivating factor behind this…

Violence in Egypt and the Question of American Aid

By: Jacqueline Van De Velde A bloody crackdown on pro-Morsi Islamists by Egyptian security forces on August 14 allegedly has served as the trigger for a national wave of violence against Egyptian Coptic Christians. The Egyptian Coptic Christian minority, representing roughly ten percent of the Egyptian population, has long peacefully coexisted with the majority Sunni…

The Next Step for Egypt

By: Patrick Wheat On July 3, the Arab Spring took another sharp right turn when the Egyptian military removed President Mohammed Morsi from power. Following Mr. Morsi’s removal, the streets of Egypt took on a scene familiar to the Arab Spring Revolution in January 2011; mass protests and police presence became commonplace in most major…

The (Ambivalently) Benevolent Monarchs

By: Andrew Jarnagin  The events of the Arab Spring that culminated in the ousting of heads of state across the Middle East and North Africa must have raised the blood pressure of the region’s monarchs by more than a few points. Amazingly, though, the anger generated in these uprisings was not enough to topple a…

Democratic Transition: Egypt’s New Intermediate Period

By: Virginia McNally Students of Egyptian history are aware of the ancient “intermediate periods” –times of upset, conflict, or a break from the usual pattern of Pharaoh rule.  Twice in ancient Egyptian history, intermediate periods rocked society and caused general instability for all Egyptians.  The first intermediate period was caused partially by the end of…

Why Liberal Democracy Can Succeed in Egypt

By: Lauren Anderson Like many Americans, the sights of a jubilant Tahrir Square amid last year’s Arab Spring movement spurred within me an undeniable sense of pride and hope for the Egyptian people. And as a student of international affairs, having studied the seemingly obscure odds of a comparable event ever occurring in North Africa,…

What’s Next for Libya

By: Cody Knapp When protests against the rule of Libya’s long-time dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, began back in February 2011, few commentators claimed to have any reliable predictions as to where these protests would lead. After NATO intervened to avoid a pending massacre in the city of Benghazi, even fewer could divine an endgame. Even policymakers…

The Syrian Demand

By: Sami Jarjour President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian government apparently have no construct of even the slightest degree of human rights. Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, described recent events (July 31) as the “deadliest assault yet on mainly peaceful protesters calling for reform,” and shows that…

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