Five years after the onset of the Arab Spring, much of the Middle East is in crisis. However, it may be too early to deem the uprisings a failure.
When historians look back on this period, with some luck, Trump will be forgotten or seen as an oddity or, better yet, a cautionary tale. But the big story will be that in 2008 American voters elected a black man and that in 2016 they elected a woman.
Today’s European leaders have taken the EU to the brink of dissolution, yet they do little seek help from those outside Europe with more successful democratic lessons to share.
Despite the vibrancy of its democracy, India has struggled mightily to regulate political finance in ways that would both contain the costs of elections and curb impropriety in their funding.
While Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system is flawed and unraveling in many ways, it has helped keep the country at peace and provides valuable lessons for the region.
Less than twenty-four months after the hope-filled Arab uprising, the popular movement had morphed into a dystopia of resurgent dictators, failed states, and civil wars.
Governments that ostensibly fight terror may actually generate more dire security crises than they curb as a result of corrupt governance practices.
Corruption has continued to fester in post-uprising Tunisia, but new leaks from the Panama Papers may spur real reform.
The Arab uprisings of early 2011 disrupted virtually every dimension of Arab politics and societies. The place of women in politics and the public sphere was no exception.
A strong focus on combating corruption is vital to addressing many of the crises currently besetting the world.