Democratic Transition News

Part I: Islam and the New State

Oct 03, 2012
This new series provides a platform for women to engage in a free and fluid exchange about pivotal Middle East issues. For the first piece, women across the region were asked to answer this question: What should be the role of Islam in your society? And what should be Islam’s role in your government?

Part II: Religious Leaders on Anti-Islam Film

Sep 28, 2012
On Sept. 9, the Salafi preacher and television host Sheikh Khalid Abdullah aired a YouTube clip of the "Innocence of Muslims" film on satellite channel al Nas. Religious leaders across the region condemned the film's offensive content. High-ranking clerics in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere called for restraint after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Sept. 11.

Part I: Governments on Anti-Islam Film

Sep 28, 2012
The leaders of Islamist governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have condemned attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates in reaction to the offensive “Innocence of Muslims” film. In public statements and private contacts with American officials, all three leaders assured the United States that the assaults did not reflect government policy or public opinion among the majority in their countries. Each of them blamed small groups of extremists.

Gallup: Libyans Want Militias Disarmed Immediately

Sep 14, 2012
On Sept. 13, Gallup released a poll showing that 95 percent of surveyed Libyans want militias to turn in their weapons immediately. Gallup conducted more than 1000 face-to-face interviews with adults during March and April 2012.

IMF: Tunisia’s Economic Burdens

Sep 13, 2012
On Sept. 5, the International Monetary Fund published a report on Tunisia’s post-uprising economic and social challenges. Tunisia’s economic prospects are now improving due to increased government spending and tourism revenues. But unemployment remains high at 19 percent overall and more than 40 percent among youth.

In Their Own Words: Mohamed Morsi

Sep 07, 2012
In just ten weeks, President Mohamed Morsi has gone from political unknown to one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East. The U.S.-educated engineer—a former parliament member and a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Council—is proving to be both unpredictable and politically savvy.

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: 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.

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