Democratic Transition News

2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Awardee Nabeel Rajab is featured in Foreign Policy

Dec 07, 2011
Rajab sat down on Dec. 4 for an exclusive interview with The Cable. His main message was that the Obama administration's defense of the Bahraini government, including a new push to sell it more weapons, is sowing seeds of distrust and resentment of the United States among the Bahraini people. He urged the Obama administration to use its influence in Bahrain to press the regime for improvements on human rights.

Nabeel Rajab, 2011 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award recipient is featured on NPR

Dec 02, 2011
Rajab, a leading Bahraini human rights activist, was among those targeted by the government and discusses his encounters with the Bahraini government forces during the uprising this spring on NPR.

Exorcizing the Islamic Ghost Haunting North Africa

Nov 29, 2011
The victory of moderate Islamist parties in parliamentary elections, first in Tunisia and now in Morocco, confirms the most significant change wrought so far by the Arab revolts of this past year-- their emergence into the mainstream of Arab politics as leading players. Whether these elections will exorcize the “Islamic ghost” haunting North Africa, Europe, and the United States remains to be seen, but initial signs are mostly promising.
Jane Harman

Tunisian Elections Set Positive Precedent for Arab World

Oct 24, 2011
Jane Harman gives CNN "American Morning" her reaction from Tunis to the October 23, 2011 national elections in Tunisia.
Jane Harman

Escalating Violence in Afghanistan

Sep 21, 2011
Jane Harman discusses the situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan on the eve of the UN General Assembly with Fox News's Jenna Lee.
Robin Wright

Critical Next Ten Days in Libya

Aug 29, 2011
Robin Wrights discusses the fall of Gaddafi on ABC's This Week and MSNBC's Martin Bashir.
Jane Harman

Libya Still an Uncertain Success

Aug 25, 2011
The U.S. has limited resources to act on protest movements around the Middle East and despite an apparent success in Libya, coercive sanctions may have been a better precedent to set for countries that are not a direct threat to U.S. strategic interests, says Jane Harman on Fox News.

Syrian President Defies Global Pressure to Resign

Aug 19, 2011
Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman appears on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" to discuss the security threats posed by Syria and the importance of a united global front when pressuring President Assad to resign.
Aaron David Miller

Obama Administration Tells Syrian President to Step Down

Aug 18, 2011
The U.S. has finally reconciled its policy between Syria and Libya, says Aaron David Miller, but this does not mark the end of the Assad regime.

Africa: 53 Countries, One Union - The New Challenges

Jul 13, 2011
"Africa: 53 Countries, One Union - The New Challenges" is a follow up to last year's Conference in Bologna. This Conference aims to bolster African initiatives toward unity, integration, and prosperity.

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