Dmitry Trenin, one of the leading Russian international affairs experts and Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, comments on the tentative results of the Ukrainian elections in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta.
The nascent Chinese-Russian entente is not news since the relationship has been steadily broadening and deepening for more than a decade. But there is increasing evidence suggesting this relationship is part of a growing global ideological conflict between consolidating democracies and dictatorships.
Recent years have witnessed unprecedented political dynamism in Saudi Arabia. Two factors—international and domestic reform demands—have injected new elements of dynamism and openness into Saudi Arabia’s political reality. They have also generated sufficient incentives for the government to embark on the road of reform.
Islamist movements have become major political actors in the Middle East. Nathan Brown, Amr Hamzawy and Marina Ottaway discussed their new study, Islamist Movements and the Democratic Process in the Arab World: Exploring the Gray Zones, which examines the “gray zones”—areas of ambiguity—in their rhetoric and thought.
The Democracy and Rule of Law Project hosted a roundtable discussion with Hisham Kassem about the political developments in Egypt over the last year.
U.S. efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East have several components.
Masha Lipman, of the Carnegie Moscow Center, discussed President Vladimir Putin's strategy to neutralize the public and perpetuate his regime.
Ukraine's revolution of fall and winter 2004 brought lasting social change to the country. However, the country must still manage the Russian relationship and overcome domestic obstacles to economic and political development.
In view of the recent victory by Hamas in Palestine and the electoral success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, understanding the thinking of Islamist movements is more important than ever. Experts are trying to move beyond stark views of the Islamist challenge as either a democratizing force or an extreme threat to democracy, to present a nuanced view of the position of Islamist parties.