• Commentary

    Democratic Sequencing

    The West should not restrict its democracy promotion efforts only to those countries that are perceived as already having the institutional, social, and economic framework needed for a true democracy.

    • Event

    Human Rights and Obama’s Policies in the Arab World

    A year after President Obama called for a new beginning in U.S. relations with the Muslim world, it is still unclear how important human rights are for Washington’s policies in the Arab world. Is it possible for the U.S. to engage with governments in the region and consistently defend human rights?

    • Research

    Addressing Deficits in MENA: The Need for Fuel Subsidy Reforms

    With budget deficits on the rise, the Middle East and North Africa’s oil importing countries must reform their fuel subsidy programs, which benefit the rich more than the poor and waste fiscal resources.

    • Research

    MENA Needs a More Dynamic Private Sector

    • Ritva Reinikka
    • June 29, 2010

    The private sector has become the main driver of growth in the Middle East and North Africa, but more consistent and equitable regulations are needed to transform the region into a diversified, high-performance economy.

    • Event

    Previewing Egypt's Elections Season

    The forthcoming elections may lead to an unprecedented change in Egypt’s political scene. But whether the opposition actors will be able to push for greater political reform, and whether the regime will let them, remains to be seen.

    • Multimedia

    Turkey's Role in the Middle East

    Turkey is one of the most economically and politically powerful states in the Middle East and it has recently been taking steps to fill the leadership vacuum that exists in the region.

    • Commentary

    Obama Needs to Support Egyptians as Well as Mubarak

    Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.

    • Commentary

    The Gaza Flotilla - Three Common Misinterpretations in Arab Views

    The reactions of Arab politicians, writers, and journalists to the Israeli raid on a flotilla of humanitarian aid have diverted public debate in the Arab world and undermined efforts to help Gaza.

    • Commentary

    Dynamics of Participation – Islamists in Arab Politics

    The involvement of Islamist movements across the Arab world in official political processes has given rise to concerns over the nature and potential repercussions of their participation.

    • Commentary

    Egypt’s (un)Democratic Elections

    Egypt’s role in the Middle East is falling as perceptions grow that the former power is preoccupied with its own domestic affairs. The election cycle currently under way will help define the extent to which those perceptions become reality.

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