Post Tagged with: "Arab Spring"

The Trial Will Not Be Televised: Mubarak and the Struggle for Power in the ‘New Egypt’

The Trial Will Not Be Televised: Mubarak and the Struggle for Power in the ‘New Egypt’

It is no small irony that while Egypt’s ‘new’ leadership is being lauded for making sure the Mubarak trial is not being rushed through a military court where standards of proof are lower and pressures on the defense can be higher, pro-democracy activists and protesters are being dragged through those same military courts in ever-greater numbers.

Debunking a Phenomenon: the “Arab Spring” Misconception

Debunking a Phenomenon: the “Arab Spring” Misconception

The so called “Arab Spring” has been a popular notion in American media. US academics, journalists and politicians speak of the most recent Middle Eastern revolutionary movements as a single and similar wave of reform that they deem as one that could be defined along racial lines. Not only is this approach methodically flawed, but it also overrides a sense of remarkable national pride for individual nations.

The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

The Long Spring to Thaw the Arab Cold War

Much was made of the changes in Egypt’s foreign policy in April when the Egyptian foreign ministry announced it would begin the process of normalizing relations with Iran and Hamas. For the moment, Egypt’s foreign policy is trying to toe a middle line and become something new for a major Arab state in the region’s cold war: a non-aligned state.

Why Libya is Not (Yet) Kosovo: The Time for a Ground Option has Arrived

Why Libya is Not (Yet) Kosovo: The Time for a Ground Option has Arrived

Unfortunately, the events of the Libyan conflict have thus far only reinforced the lesson that there is no such thing as a “cheap” military solution to a political problem. To continue to operate under this seductive myth will only compound the error. By breaking the Libyan regime, the international community has bought its problems.

The Muslim Brotherhood and The Egyptian Revolution

The Muslim Brotherhood and The Egyptian Revolution

In August 2010, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad al-Badie set forward a new Muslim Brotherhood policy. Badie departed from the historic position that the group was still in the base-building stage and openly called for jihad and revolution.

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

The GCC Plan for Yemen: Still Crazy after All These Months

On April 25, the Gulf Cooperation Council proposed a settlement to resolve the political crisis in Yemen. The GCC initiative will not solve the Yemen crisis, only complicate and prolong it. The dogged American persistence in supporting it adds dangerous legitimacy to the agreement and the failing Saleh regime.

Edited Collection – The Arab Spring of Discontent

Edited Collection – The Arab Spring of Discontent

This collection of articles offers insightful and diverse perspectives on the Arab uprisings, and expands to consider political unrest outside the Arab world.

The Arab Spring: The Initiating Event for a New Arab World Order

The Arab Spring: The Initiating Event for a New Arab World Order

The self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi instilled enough courage in the Arab people to demand the democratic and human rights that they deserve. If the present protests on the Arab streets are sending tremors across the world, then in the near future, an unexpected political event in the region will be potent enough to hit globally with the force of a tsunami.

Obama’s Cautious Step Forward on Middle Eastern Democracy

Obama’s Cautious Step Forward on Middle Eastern Democracy

To seize the opportunity of this historic moment of political change and support democratization in the Arab world, Obama needs to fill in the details of how the USA and the international community will offer concrete, sizeable and sustained help towards securing political reforms throughout the region in the coming months and years.

New insights into the Islamic Republic of Iran

New insights into the Islamic Republic of Iran

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 is considered a defining moment because the Islamic Republic replaced an authoritarian monarchy that was friendly to the West. The revolution, moreover, linked religion to politics in an unprecedented way. The books reviewed herein demonstrate that the idea of a “monolithic Islam” is not only wrong, it is dangerous.

China, Information Technology, and the Arab World

China, Information Technology, and the Arab World

The Chinese government has developed the world’s most extensive technical, organizational, and cultural systems for monitoring and filtering the Internet and other forms of communications such as SMS and voice calls. Many Middle Eastern and African countries have bought telecommunications equipment from China, and have tried to emulate its monitoring and filtering regime.

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