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Stand Up for Georgia

Jan 05, 2016
Georgia is poised to make big changes to reinvigorate its democracy, but it needs support from the U.S. and the West.

Fallout From Saudi Cleric’s Execution Underscores Mideast Challenges

Jan 03, 2016
It would be irrational to conclude that U.S. actions and inactions hadn’t contributed to the messes in the Middle East. But the region’s challenges are rooted in internal, religious, and sectarian problems that are not amenable or conducive to U.S. military power or political persuasion; and they are spread among allies who have their own needs and agendas. Three recent events underscore this.

How Many Women Will Iran Allow to Run for Office?

Dec 29, 2015
An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.

Brazil's Unpromising New Year

Dec 28, 2015
A president fighting impeachment names a finance minister not trusted by markets, as Brazilians, dismayed by the country's politics, prepare for more hardship in 2016.

Song of Ukraine: Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, Lead Singer of Okean Elzy, Shares His Vision for the Future

Dec 16, 2015
It’s not unusual to describe a prominent political figure as a figurative “rock star.” Well in the case of social activist, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, lead vocalist for Okean Elzy (the most successful post-Soviet rock band in Ukraine), it happens to be literally true.

Saudi Arabia Elects Its First Female Leaders

Dec 15, 2015
Wilson Center Public Policy Fellow and former Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari describes the significance of Saudi Arabia’s historic election.

Russia’s Moving Targets

Dec 15, 2015
No one will judge Putin domestically for aiming at Homs instead of Raqqa, or for sending the ruble down 60 percent instead of 20 percent—as long as his regime is in place.

Saudi Women Made History–But Still Have a Long Way to Go

Dec 13, 2015
"Women’s participation in this weekend’s elections is an important step in the struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, but formidable obstacles remain," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Dec 08, 2015
This week in Oslo, amid a state of emergency in Tunisia, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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