Category: Middle East/North Africa

Tunisia’s ‘Berlusconi’ seeks presidency in Arab world’s only ‘resilient’ democracy

     

Tunisia’s transition to democracy has proved more resilient than some expected. The largely peaceful run-up to the polls has raised hopes the country will achieve its first handover of the… Read more »

Afghanistan: current withdrawal plan risks ‘total civil war’?

     

The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, said the chief U.S…. Read more »

Could Tunisia’s election reshape the political system?

     

Presidential candidates Selma Elloumi Rekik and Abir Moussi want to fight against creeping fundamentalism that has threatened Tunisian women’s freedoms and improve economic prospects for unemployed youth. Their chances of winning… Read more »

Not too late to strengthen the democracy that undergirds Afghan state

     

While Afghanistan’s 2014 presidential elections were flawed, heavy voter turnout demonstrated that Afghan citizens preferred democracy over Taliban rule. In this context, it is in the interests of United States to… Read more »

‘Autocracy Now’ – personalized authoritarianism

     

  The leading figures on the world stage today practice a brutal, smash-mouth politics, a personalized authoritarianism, notes Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose. Old-school strongmen, they do whatever is needed to… Read more »

‘Unprincipled cut-and-run’ would betray Afghanistan’s fragile democratic process

     

  Does the U.S. risk turning a chance for success in Afghanistan into a shameful failure? If the result of a quick withdrawal is the collapse of the government and… Read more »

Tunisia’s democratic experiment ‘faces toughest test’ and risk of fragmentation

     

  Tunisia’s election commission has approved (HT: FP) a list of candidates for the country’s presidential vote. There are 26 candidates, among them the current prime minister and defense minister, a… Read more »

Do protest movements generate democracy? Liberalism of the streets

     

Events in both Moscow and Hong Kong show how single-grievance protests can evolve into wider movements, argues FT analyst Gideon Rachman:  Between them, Russia and China represent the major geopolitical… Read more »

Another Arab Spring? Not if, but when

     

The social history of the MENA region is a history of social mobilization and the emergence of civil society. Across the Arab world, ordinary citizens have collectively engaged in resistance,… Read more »

Revisionists pose ‘civilizational challenge’ to Western liberal democratic order

     

  The resurgence of threats to liberal democracy — external and internal — does not refute the principal thesis of Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History?” says a prominent analyst…. Read more »