Democracy Promotion News

Pew: U.S. Voter Pessimism on New Middle East

Oct 22, 2012
The Pew Research Center conducted a poll on the U.S. public‘s views on the Middle East in early October. The public is increasingly pessimistic about regional developments following the Arab uprisings. In April 2011, 42 percent of Americans thought changes in leadership would “lead to lasting improvements for people” in countries like Egypt and Libya. But in October 2012, only 25 percent still believe there will be lasting improvements.The results were released prior to the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Overall the poll found little difference in opinion between Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The majority of Americans, 54 percent, say it is “more important to have stable governments in the Middle East, even if there is less democracy in the region.”

American Perceptions of US Embassy Attacks

Oct 16, 2012
Following the massive Arab and Muslim demonstrations and attacks on American embassies in Libya and Egypt in reaction to an anti-Muslim video, the Sadat Chair for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and the Program on International Policy attitudes conducted an American public opinion poll to study how the American public reacted to these events. A majority of Americans said the attacks were supported by extremist minorities but also thought the Egyptian and Libyan governments did not protect American diplomats and their staff. About three in ten Americans wanted to completely cut aid to Egypt and four in ten wanted to reduce aid.

Clinton Pledges Increased Support for Democratic Transitions

Oct 16, 2012
On October 12, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton declared that U.S. support for democratic transitions is a “strategic necessity” and not just “a matter of idealism.” She discussed the status of North African political transitions at a conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Clinton pledged to increase engagement with the region, despite the outbreak of anti-American sentiment in September 2012. She urged Congress to approve an additional $770 million in assistance to countries that enact political and economic reforms.

Latin American Program in the News: What’s going to happen in Venezuela after the Elections?

Aug 31, 2012
As the presidential elections approach in Venezuela, the question of what will happen, depending on the outcome of the elections, is more latent than ever. [SPANISH]

Latin American Program in the News: Time is right, but past failures haunt Colombia peace talks

Aug 30, 2012
Santos has made ending the conflict a goal of his administration, and the challenge has been operating under conditions that are conducive for meaningful talks and not for a charade.

Latin American Program in the News: Colombia exploring peace talks with FARC

Aug 30, 2012
The Colombian government says it has embarked on “exploratory talks” with rebel commanders to end one of the world’s oldest armed conflicts.

Latin American Program in the News: Is Colombia's conflict coming to an end?

Aug 30, 2012
Director Cynthia Arnson was invited onto Al-Jazeera to discuss the negotiations with FARC insurgents begun by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Latin American Program in the News: Assange Asylum Wins Correa Anti-U.S. Cachet As Trade To Suffer

Aug 28, 2012
Ecuadorian President Correa’s decision to grant asylum to Julian Assange is bringing his country’s relationship with the U.S. (its top trading partner) to a new low.

Latin American Program in the News: Would Another Peace Accord Help Central America?

Aug 28, 2012
Director of the Latin America Program Cynthia Arnson was asked to comment on the Esquipulas II Peace Accords and the possibility of an Esquipulas III.

Latin American Program in the News: Protecting Julian Assange: What’s in it for Ecuador?

Aug 24, 2012
Director Cynthia J. Arnson discusses why she thinks Rafael Correa has been so protective of Assange.

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