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Syria is no more

May 29th, 2013, Comment & Analysis, Uncategorized

What began in Syria as a revolt against an oppressive regime has evolved into a sectarian civil war and, more recently, into a proxy conflict among outsiders. In the process, the struggle has become increasingly convoluted, with conflicting agendas among allies, together with deep-seated communal tensions, rendering the situation nearly intractable.

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Benghazi as a wake-up call

September 14th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

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Benghazi as a wake-up call By: Alon Ben-Meir The unconscionable attack against the United States Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four officials, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, must be condemned in the strongest terms possible and the official response should be swift but proportionate. The event underscores the reality that Libya remains in [...]

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Why Benghazi should give us a lesson in humility

September 14th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

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The violent events that shook the Libyan city of Benghazi must be an opportunity to rethink all that we took for granted since the rise of the “Arab spring”. Indeed, even though nobody can regret the end of Kaddafi’s reign, the road towards peaceful perspectives remains long and shaky in Libya.

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In Muslim nations, democracy will eventually prevail

July 6th, 2012, News & Articles

Feisal Abdul Rauf

From Tunisia to Pakistan, the Muslim world is in turmoil, as each country struggles to find its own path to an Arab Spring.

Pessimists say that, in the end, all of these countries will end up with some form of authoritarian regime either because Islamic parties cannot accept democracy or out of a fear that these regimes will keep a nation out of the modern world.

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Sectarianism after the Arab Spring: An Exaggerated Spectre

June 25th, 2012, Books & Papers, Expert Updates

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Sectarianism experienced a boost in the aftermath of the 2011 popular uprisings in the Arab world. But a closer look reveals that Arab leaders’ over-emphasis on the dangers of sectarianism conveniently served their purpose of safeguarding ruling elites’ hold on power. The international community should not be overly taken in by the narrative that reforms should be limited due to sectarian tension.

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MEDIA ALERT: Egyptians vote in presidential election

May 23rd, 2012, Media Alerts

First phase of the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections begins

CAIRO, EGYPT – Egyptians vote in the first presidential election since Mubarak’s ousting last spring. First round voting began today and will run through Thursday. Thirteen candidates are on the ballot.

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