Category: Middle East/North Africa

Post-Erdoganism? Istanbul election shows resilience of Turkey’s democracy

     

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is grappling with the fallout of the ruling party’s big defeat in the Istanbul mayoral election, and his government faces pressure to release political prisoners,… Read more »

Why the Russian model will not work for Turkey

     

On June 23, somewhere between 8 and 9 million residents of Istanbul will go to the polls to elect their mayor—again. The leading contenders are Ekrem Imamoglu, a dynamic young… Read more »

Morsi’s ‘mixed legacy’ puts Muslim Brotherhood back in focus

     

Mohamed Morsi did a poor job as Egypt’s president before being ousted in a bloody military coup by the country’s current dictator, Abdel Fatah al-Sissi. But the gross mistreatment Mr…. Read more »

Why Saudis and UAE want to destroy hope for Arab democracy

     

Russia and China are not the only autocracies seeking to squash democratic openings. Since the Arab uprisings of 2011, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have used their considerable… Read more »

Lessons from Egypt’s failed revolution for Algeria and Sudan

     

Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed has called for a “quick” democratic transition in Sudan as he met the country’s ruling generals and protest leaders, days after a deadly crackdown killed… Read more »

Taliban talks must protect Afghan state structure & citizens’ rights

     

To take advantage of the opportunity provided by the existing talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the United States needs to negotiate with a sober understanding of the Taliban… Read more »

Tunisia’s democracy – enduring, but fragile?

     

As Tunisia heads towards scheduled parliamentary and presidential elections later this year, a bipartisan Senate resolution has reaffirmed the U.S.-Tunisia partnership, and publicly supported Tunisia’s ongoing transition “into a vibrant… Read more »

Robert L. Bernstein, publisher of dissidents, champion of dissent, R.I.P.

     

Robert L. Bernstein, who dominated the publishing industry for more than two decades as the chief executive of Random House, and who helped pry open closed societies around the world… Read more »

Saudi crackdown targeting women’s rights activists

     

One year ago, just as the Saudi government finally ended the ban on women driving, many activists who had campaigned against the ban and for women’s rights more generally were… Read more »