Despite the clear autocratic nature and the violations of basic human rights prevalent in many recently approved laws, the Egyptian parliament passed almost all of them with very little discussion.
Egypt’s government is trying to bring independent labor organizations under the state syndicate’s control, threatening one of the few remaining independent civil society actors.
Efforts to end corruption, fortified by a robust understanding of how corrupt systems operate within a country, are necessary to strengthen fragile states.
Parliament has moved on church-building in Egypt, but it is unlikely to be enough.
How might Lebanon’s municipal elections affect parliamentary elections next year?
International efforts to advance women’s political empowerment could serve as a lever to promote broader change in countries working toward consolidated democracies.
Events in the Middle East and Russia’s participation in the Syrian conflict have left the majority of Russian Muslims indifferent and have not inspired them to take any particular action, let alone protest. Even the hundreds of militants who have returned from fighting for the banned Islamic State terrorist organization in the Middle East are behaving passively.
In recent years, serious skepticism about democracy promotion has gripped Washington. The old U.S. habit of making do with authoritarian allies for the sake of stability or security is making itself felt once again.
Empowering international aid recipients with better information on the different aid organizations, their motivations, and their methods may help solve some of aid’s great challenges.