Democratic Transition News

Qatar Bets on Islamists

Feb 07, 2013
Qatar has seized the opportunity of the Arab uprisings to expand its influence across the region. It moved into the vacuum after the revolutions caught the United States and other major powers by surprise. Despite its small size, it now aspires to a play a leading role in Arab politics.

Young Saudis and The Kingdom’s Political Future

Feb 05, 2013
Many young Saudis admire the youthful protesters of Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Bahrain. But they don’t seek to imitate their tactic of massive street protests. One reason why is that they still hope—despite the lack of available evidence—that the Saudi royal family will voluntarily begin to share power with the Saudi people. Presumably then, the government can rest easy? Not necessarily.

Egypt's 2012 Constitution: Devil in the Details, Not in Religion

Feb 01, 2013
Egypt’s new constitution was adopted on December 22, 2012 amid intense political tensions and deep rifts between Islamists and liberal forces. Several articles include a stronger emphasis on religion than the 1971 constitution but its character is largely secular.

Al Qaeda on the Rise in North Africa?

Jan 30, 2013
Al Qaeda and its affiliates may exploit the limited ability of new Arab governments to control their territory, according to the United States Institute of Peace's Dan Brumberg. Now the organization and its affiliates have no incentive to directly challenge the new governments. But they are likely establishing local cells that could pose a security threat.

NPR: Salafis in Tunisia

Jan 29, 2013
The second in an NPR series on ultra-conservative Salafis, the new political force in the Middle East, focuses on Tunisia.

NPR: Salafis in Egypt

Jan 29, 2013
The first in an NPR series on ultra-conservative Salafis, the new political force in the Middle East, focuses on Egypt.

Women’s Rights Under Egypt’s Constitutional Disarray

Jan 17, 2013
Egypt’s post-revolution constitution does not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender or religion. It only recognizes women’s domestic role within a family “founded on religion, morality, and patriotism.” Clerics will have the final word over the new laws.

López Maya: La diosificación de Chávez busca legitimar a Maduro

Jan 16, 2013
Margarita López Maya elaborated on the quasi-religious aura that has engulfed Chávez's cult of personhood, which has the potential to circumvent constitutional restraints and legitimate extralegal measures.

Latin American Program in the News: US eyes better ties with Venezuela, post-Chavez

Jan 16, 2013
Dr. Cynthia J. Arnson discusses how a transition from Chavez could open the way for better ties between the US and Venezuela.

Latin American Program in the News: Washington’s diplomatic tiptoe with Caracas

Jan 16, 2013
Eric Olson commented on the tense diplomatic and commercial relationship between Venezuela and the US while highlighting the interest of the US to see that Venezuela’s democratic transition is preserved and built upon.

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