Category Archives: Middle East/North Africa

Post-Arab Spring power vacuums present US policy puzzle


The Obama administration finds itself trying to sustain an ever-growing patchwork of strained alliances and multiple battlefields in the aftermath of the Arab Spring four years ago. The momentary moral… Read more »

Letting Iran off hook on human rights? Hardliners gear up for battle


When Hassan Rouhani won Iran’s presidency in 2013, Washington’s human rights caucus looked on expectantly, notes Suzanne Nossel, executive director of the Pen American Center and a former deputy assistant… Read more »

Lessons learned on Tunisia’s ‘perilous path to freedom’


Tunisia’s experience holds many lessons for other countries undergoing a democratic transition, says Rached Ghannouchi, the founder and president of the Ennahda Party. Tunisia’s success was built on consensus, he… Read more »