In the wake of the Arab Spring, newer media and older forms (such as the daily newspaper) have gradually made it easier for Middle East countries to participate in public debates from a variety of ideological perspectives.
Polarization in the Arab world may be the result of political systems that have opened themselves up to political debate, but not given healthy ways in which to translate political debate into political outcomes.
Trust in democracy and its institutions are essential to the democratic process making recent campaign rhetoric in the United States regarding rigged elections all the more troubling.
The time is ripe for Indonesia, India, and Japan to shed their inhibitions and redouble their efforts to strengthen the foundations of Myanmar’s democracy.
Hisham Geneina’s trial is a tool to deter sharing information about corruption within state institutions.
With sufficient numbers, individuals and civil society movements can bring about change and dismantle corrupt institutions—but it demands huge courage.
While Egypt’s uprising has become synonymous with the successful use of social media to overthrow an entrenched authoritarian regime, social media may also have contributed to its failure of the revolution.
Women’s political empowerment work can and should be part of the core agenda for responding to challenging democratic transitions.
Any election law needs to be inclusive, and needs to take into account the views of the electorate, so that people feel it is representative and fair. Until that happens in Jordan, all election laws, current and future, are going to be criticized.
The troubling, even alarming trend of closing space for civil society around the world has a direct but not always recognized link to the large problem of state fragility.