Democratization in the Middle East

Changeover of power in Tunisia, unrests in Egypt, reform promises in Jordan and Yemen - the Middle East witnesses radical change. But the way into democracy is not secured. The courage of the revolutionaries needs to lead to liberal reforms.

Friends with Benefits...

In spite of the violent crackdown on protesters in Egypt, the United States continues to avoid reviewing its policy regarding military aid to the country. The Obama administration has good reason to be cautious.

Specters of the Past...

Following Morsi’s ouster, the struggle for power in Egypt is raging. But the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to bring about any democratic stability in the foreseeable future.

The Rule of Khaki...

The ouster of Morsi is only one episode in the long tradition of African state coups. Yet, it contributes to a trend that threatens the blossoming of democracy across the region.

The Road to Collapse...

Following Morsi’s ouster, Egypt is once again on a knife-edge. While it is yet unforeseeable how the country can overcome the current state of crisis, it is quite clear how it got itself into it in the first place.

Photo-Op Diplomacy...

Ahmadinejad's trip to Egypt was about soft power - not about crafting a new alliance.

The Trouble With Jorda...

The past few weeks have seen increased unrest in Jordan. But the biggest challenge for King Abdullah II might not come from the streets, but from his country's dependence on foreign oil.

The Wind of Change Has...

Egypt's runoff election signals the end of revolutionary energy. The old regime has played its cards wisely and taken the wind out of the sails of the revolutionary project.

Three Strikes and You'...

Egyptian revolutionaries lack unity and coordination. Their poor performance during the presidential elections is a result of their weakness, not a sign of the strength of the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Livestock and Democ...

What do Egyptian Presidential Elections have in common with a 1906 cattle breeding show in rural England?

The Discovery of Plura...

The past fourteen months have been a trying time for Egyptian Christians. After decades of repression, Copts must come to terms with new freedoms and discrimination. Their response: A diversification of views, not unlike their Muslim contemporaries.

Independence - An Elus...

Algeria illustrates the long and hard path towards democracy: 50 years after gaining independence, the country is marked by corruption, social injustice, and foreign domination.

Middle East of What? ...

Abolish the idea of the "Middle East." Rooted in imperial phantasies of the past, the term is neither descriptive nor value-free. We are Arabs, Muslims, Northern Africans - but not "people from the Middle East."


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.

A Violent Tea Party?

For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using

Passage to India

The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the

No Glove, No Love

Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.

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