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by: Michael Allen 2009-11-20
The dilemmas of reconciling security and human rights, stability and reform, and external and internal drivers for change were the dominant themes running through a conference on Middle East democracy this week...

by: Michael Allen 2009-11-15
Will Gamal Mubarak succeed his father as Egypt’s next president? Is the Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s leading opposition force, about to split? Should liberal and democratic forces align themselves with the Brotherhood to oppose “hereditary democracy” even at the risk of absorbing elements of the Islamists’ unsavory politics?..

by: Michael Allen 2009-11-15
The Obama administration has come under fire from democracy advocates for failing to match rhetorical commitments with appropriate policies and personnel. The administration has rejected the charge, and some recent appointments would seem to support their assertions...

by: Michael Allen 2009-11-5
The Egyptian public prosecutor has issued an administrative order preventing opposition politician Ayman Nour from traveling to the United States. Nour had been invited by several organizations and was due to speak at a forum organized by the National Endowment for Democracy...

by: Michael Allen 2009-9-23
Recent elections in Iran, Kuwait and Lebanon confirm that the threat of radical Islam is receding and the West should overcome its “pathological” fear of engaging political Islamists who have foresworn violence,..

by: Michael Allen 2009-7-25
David Yang, coordinator of the UNDP Washington Roundtable invites Digest readers to check out next week’s special session of the UNDP Washington Roundtable: the U.S. launch of the Arab Human Development Report 2009 on Wednesday, July 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW):..

by: Michael Allen 2009-6-5
President Obama’s speech in Cairo tomorrow is significant not only for what he will say to the Muslim world, Michael Cohen and Brian Katulis suggest. It is also an opportunity to articulate the case for democracy at a time when “an alternative political model to liberal democracy is emerging, one spearheaded by China, Russia and other semi-authoritarian leaders and which places economic development ahead of democratic accountability.”..

by: Michael Allen 2009-6-5
The audience for President Obama’s Cairo speech will include participants or invitees from across the range of Egypt’s political actors, the White House has confirmed. The administration has not yet confirmed whether the president will meet separately with dissidents or opposition political but has suggested that “there will be additional opportunity to engage key actors in civil society in Egypt, in addition to obviously engaging our friends in the Egyptian government.”..

by: Michael Allen 2009-6-5
While welcoming Obama’s Cairo speech for potentially sparking a renewal of Arab democratic discourse, activists like publisher and human rights activist Hisham Kassem are concerned less with what Obama says than what he does...

by: Michael Allen 2009-6-5
In his much-anticipated speech in Cairo today, President Barack Obama dismissed the equation of democracy promotion with the war in Iraq. He affirmed his commitment to “governments that reflect the will of the people” while accepting that “each nation gives life to this principle in its own way, grounded in the traditions of its own people.”..

by: Michael Allen 2009-5-31
President Barack Obama’s speech in Egypt next week will need to balance strategic and diplomatic considerations with a clear commitment to democratic reform in the region, writes J. Scott Carpenter. But Obama is likely, perhaps even compelled, to prioritize economic and security concerns over democracy promotion, writes William Galston, a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy. ”..

by: Michael Allen 2009-5-7
All Day - Conference. The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy - 10th year anniversary annual conference on “How to Improve Relations With the Muslim World: Challenges and Promises Ahead.” Events begin at 9 a.m. Agenda highlights: — 9 a.m.:..

by: Michael Allen 2009-4-29
The results of this month’s legislative elections in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation are not due until May 9. But it is already clear that Indonesia’s 100 million voters demonstrated a markedly pragmatic, non-ideological approach to politics, not least in delivering “devastating setbacks” to Islamist parties:..

by: Michael Allen 2009-4-21
Self-described “foolish optimist” Mona Eltahawy has an insightful and entertaining take on the Middle East’s Generation Facebook. She imagines what the region might look like if the “Internet-inspired activism” of young activists proved a catalyst for putting the Arab world on a democratic trajectory. Despite the recent disappointing April 6th mobilization, she remains “confident that Generation Facebook is planting the seeds of an opposition movement that gives Egyptians, and by exten..

by: Michael Allen 2009-3-9
Several dozen scholars and experts, including Egyptian dissident Saad Eddin Ibrahim and Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim -are urging the Obama administration to support democracy in the Arab and Muslim world. An open letter to the president, to be released at a Washington news conference tomorrow, states that the West has “supported repressive regimes that routinely violate human rights, and that torture and imprison those who dare criticize them.”..

by: Michael Allen 2009-2-14
February 17, 2009. 10:30 a.m. - The National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) Center for International Media Assistance and the Africa Program, the Center for Democracy and Development at the University of Massachusetts, and Mano River Media Forum/Democracy Media hold a workshop on “Support for Independent Media in Liberia’s New Democracy”. NED, 1025 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 202-378-9700 RSVP to [email protected] by February 11 with name and affiliation..

by: Michael Allen 2008-12-20
The regime appears to be at a strategic impasse, clearly in the stop phase of what Carnegie’s Michelle Dunne calls a process of start-and-stop liberalization, with the ruling NDP suffering an acute legitimacy crisis, in part due to the obvious coupling of wealth and authority, and the alienation of technocratic reformists like Hala Mustafa, editor of the Democracy Review. ..

by: Michael Allen 2008-11-21
Canada’s new government is formally committed to establishing a “new, non-partisan democracy promotion agency.” Yesterday’s ‘throne speech’ outlining official policy said the initiative would “support the peaceful transition to democracy in repressive countries and help emerging democracies build strong institutions.”..

by: Michael Allen 2008-11-21
The most critical challenges facing the world - from climate change and nuclear proliferation to infectious diseases and terrorism - are transnational in nature, demanding a transnational response. New approaches to global governance require the exercise of ‘responsible sovereignty’, argues Carlos Pascual, foreign policy director at the Brookings Institution...

by: Michael Allen 2008-11-19
The emergence of a non-democratic model of development could have an appeal to states in the Middle East, a senior U.S. intelligence official suggested yesterday. China and, to some extent, Russia, arguably represent an alternative to liberal democratic market economies, National Intelligence Council chairman Thomas Fingar told a meeting at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy...

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