Can Korean Millennials Transform the Country’s Political System?

Can Korean Millennials Transform the Country’s Political System?

The street protests of the Arab Spring happened largely because of disgruntled youth. The unemployment rate for young people in the Middle East and North Africa verged on the catastrophic in 2012: 42 percent for Tunisia and 38 percent for Egypt. Moreover, the rates...
Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Take Syria Seriously–And Stay Out

Syria’s civil war has inspired some in Congress and in the media. Stupidity or insanity? Some people don’t learn from past mistakes. Why start another body count in a Middle East conflict with no direct relationship to U.S. security? New York Times...
Trouble on the Other Side of the Euphrates

Trouble on the Other Side of the Euphrates

Millions of Iraqis made national history last month when they voted in provincial elections secured entirely by the Iraqi army and police. For a country that was in the depths of a vicious sectarian civil war only six years ago, merely defending a nationwide vote is a...
Revolution, Civil Society, and Change in the Arab Region

Revolution, Civil Society, and Change in the Arab Region

Peoples’ revolutions and uprisings across multiple Arab countries have carried aspirations and demands for political democratization as well as social and economic justice. It also brought forward complex questions tackling the interface between political...

Bahrain Sought to Divide and Conquer Protestors by Blaming Shias

Cross-posted from the Arabist. “The Uprising is Over. But What Is the Price of Bahrain’s Victory?“ So asks Bahrain watcher Justin Gengler in a post at Religion and Politics in Bahrain on September 30 regarding the state of the protests there that...

HuffPost Live: Is Libya better off now?

“I think we have to look at the situation as a very complex one,” said Bennis, who runs the New Internationalism Project in our institute. Other participants were HuffPost Live Host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Mouaz Moustafa of the Syrian Emergency Task Force,...
Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Dueling Monarchies

Saudi Arabia and Qatar: Dueling Monarchies

The demise of secular autocratic regimes in the Middle East and North Africa has heralded a renaissance for Islamist parties in the region, igniting a rivalry for the hearts and minds of the Sunni world between the Gulf powers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar. These...
The Middle East in Turmoil Once Again: And It’s Not All About Us

The Middle East in Turmoil Once Again: And It’s Not All About Us

This post was originally mailed out to supporters of the Institute for Policy Studies’ New Internationalism Project. To receive future editions of the newsletter on your inbox, sign up here. When are we going to learn that it’s not all about us? Certainly...
Review: Bending History

Review: Bending History

Barack Obama spent much time on the campaign trail proposing a dramatic vision to change not only the United States for the better, but also the world. The candidate outlined a new, multilateral global order with America still leading, particularly regarding hard...
Review: The Invisible Arab

Review: The Invisible Arab

According to the Western media’s narrative of the Arab spring, an oppressed people suddenly decided to turn against their oppressors, and, thanks to Western technology and inspiration, they spontaneously rose to reclaim their freedom. This simplistic...
Art and the Arab Awakening

Art and the Arab Awakening

In the days following Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid, burned and battered cars piled up inside state-owned lots throughout the country. Tunisians were expressing their anger and pain by setting fire to cars. This...
Review: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

Review: Bahrain, Shouting in the Dark

During the democratic uprisings that began in the Arab world in 2011, the entire world has focused on Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and now Syria. On February 16, Bahrainis participated in what the Qatar-based television station Al Jazeera has called a “secret...
Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

Syria: Only Diplomacy Can Stop the War

Syria is close to full-scale civil war. If the conflict escalates further, as former UN Secretary-General and current envoy of both the UN and the Arab League Kofi Annan noted: “Syria is not Libya, it will not implode, it will explode beyond its borders.”...
Celebration and Relief in Egypt

Celebration and Relief in Egypt

The announcement by Egypt’s electoral commission that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi had won the run-off presidential election last week generated a joyous party, with music, dancing, chanting, and fireworks in the huge crowds who had gathered in...