The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace today announced the appointment of Ambassador James Franklin Collins as Director and Senior Associate of its Russian and Eurasian Program, and Diplomat in Residence.
In a new Carnegie Paper, "Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Chinese Courts: An Analysis of Recent Patent Judgments," Dr. Mei Y. Gechlik, non-resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment, analyzes the trends of successful and failed patent lawsuits and presents steps foreign companies can take to better protect their intellectual property in China.
Visiting Scholar Amal Saad-Ghorayeb provides an in-depth look into the mindset of Hizbollah’s leadership, including their priorities, justifications for continued armament, and animosity towards the U.S.
Michele Dunne outlines the major implications of Egypt’s current political climate and presents four key issues on which the U.S. should focus its attention: presidential term limits, greater freedom for political parties and movements, independent election oversight, and limiting executive branch powers under a new counter-terrorism law.
In a new Carnegie Paper, "Illusive Reform: Jordan's Stubborn Stability," Julia Choucair argues that Jordan's stability is best maintained through political reform. She contends that the United States and Europe, for short- to medium-term reasons, have shied away from urging Jordan to undertake further reform, which would be in everyone's long-term interest.
Recent electoral successes by Islamist parties throughout the Arab world have shown those movements to be viable political opposition to many undemocratic regimes. Most analyses examine those movements only within their individual domestic political environments. Yet equally important is the impact of broader, regional issues on domestic politics and the resulting tensions with ruling regimes.
Political parties are the weakest link in many democratic transitions around the world—frequently beset with persistent problems of self-interest, corruption, ideological incoherence, and narrow electoralism. Thomas Carothers draws on extensive field research to diagnose deficiencies in party aid, assess its overall impact, and offer practical ideas for doing better.
Nathan Brown examines how Jordan’s Islamic movement gained political legitimacy, but repackaged its strong beliefs in legal organizations that have a broad and deep reach into Jordanian society. As a consequence, the Jordanian regime and Islamic movement now find themselves debating whether or not this peaceful model is sustainable, and if confrontation is inevitable.
The United States must move quickly and effectively to prevent two worse crises that may result from North Korea's nuclear test. The U.S. should strive to maintain a strong international consensus to prevent both a regional nuclear arms race and a further emboldened Iran.
Political reform in the Arab world is a top priority in U.S. foreign policy and Morocco is often held up as an example of a country successfully moving toward democracy under the guidance of an enlightened monarch. As impressive as some of the reforms undoubtedly are, the missing piece—political reform—consistently ensures that there is no threat to the ultimate power of the king.