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Reacting to Egypt’s Crisis

July 12, 2013

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Recent events in Egypt highlight the need for increased attention on the flourishing (floundering?) Arab Spring. For where viable opportunities for democratic governance once flourished, an age old balance between religion and secularism is threatening the fragile democratic processes and institutions of these newly democratic nations. The U.S. can work with the current situation in order to help both our international image, as well as the struggling Arab states.

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Rewards for Democracy

April 6, 2012

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Burma’s by-elections on April 1st offers a glimmer of hope for a country that has been under military rule for decades. Although the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) still controls a heavy majority of total seats in Burma’s parliament, 43 of the 45 seats contested were captured by the  National League for Democracy (NLD), […]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

September 22, 2011

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The Arab Spring has been hailed as my generation’s tearing down of the Berlin Wall, a seminal moment in world history that represents a paradigm shift in the politics of the Middle East. While it certainly can be considered as such, it is still far too early to determine just what changes the Arab Spring […]

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