Tag: Authoritarianism

Is the Decline of Democracy Inevitable?

Is the Decline of Democracy Inevitable?

Perhaps the most critical immediate question facing the world in 2022 is whether the decline and eventual destruction of democracy are inevitable in the next decade. Thousands of words have been directed to this question over recent years, intensifying after the ascendency of Donald Trump to the...

Rabaa Square in Retrospective: The Victory of Fear in Egypt

Rabaa Square in Retrospective: The Victory of Fear in Egypt

Egypt’s authoritarian state is playing off fear to coopt the revolution and justify ruthless oppression. In summer 2013, Tamarod activists, with megaphones on street corners and in metro stations, collected signatures en masse calling for an end to the presidency of Mohammed Morsi and sparked...

Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

Lesson of Lebanon Can Help Solve Syrian Crisis

Could Lebanon's 15-year conflict prove to be a lesson for Syria? Lebanon’s civil war, which cost some 150,000 lives, was brought to a much needed if unsatisfactory end by the Taif Agreement, or National Reconciliation Accord. It had become clear to the warring Shi'a, Sunni and...

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

Press Freedom at a Crossroads in Iraqi Kurdistan

Despite appraisal for Iraqi Kurdistan’s thriving democracy, journalists are under threat. It appears there are two ways to depict life in Iraqi Kurdistan. Western journalists covering the area commonly invoke the region's new luxury hotels and airports as symbols of its progress and prosperity....

Syria’s Implosion Shakes Jordan

Syria’s Implosion Shakes Jordan

Syria presents Jordan with complex social, political, economic and security challenges. The ongoing conflict in Syria is impacting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in numerous ways. Jordan tends to present an image of political stability and social cohesiveness in an otherwise turbulent...

Time for Iraq to Take Responsibility (Part 1/2)

Time for Iraq to Take Responsibility (Part 1/2)

Blaming foreign influences and a lack of introspection has dogged Iraq’s history for far too long. Any window of opportunity that may exist for the Iraqi military to execute a full assault on the city of Fallujah appears to be closing. The US Congress has a grip – albeit a...

Egypt: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Egypt: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Egypt's army and the technocratic elites have also exposed the old face of authoritarianism. Two years ago, at the first meeting of my MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, the Arab Spring – the transnational domino revolution – was all over the place and on...

India and a Secular Egypt

India and a Secular Egypt

India should resist condoning any electoral democracy that is not secular. States and civil societies usually perceive external events through their domestic values and histories. In recent years, India's discourse has highlighted the importance of democracy as a factor worth cherishing in its...

Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

Defining a Nation State in the 21st Century

Dreams of liberty and opportunity are sometimes long deferred, but they cannot be forever denied. With the growing onslaught of ethnic and minority conflicts in much of the emerging world, it often appears that we are on the edge of shaking out the structure of the Westphalian state system...

Turkey: We, the 50 Percent… (Part 2/2)

Turkey: We, the 50 Percent… (Part 2/2)

For the 50 percent who didn't vote for Turkey's Erdogan, protests have been the only alternative. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Demonstrations Outside the Gezi Park It was mostly the elderly, who cooked at home and brought food to protesters in Gezi...

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 1/2)

Turkey: It’s Not Only About a Tree, Stupid (Part 1/2)

Erdogan’s government has antagonized major portions of Turkish society over the last decade. This is the first of a two part series. It all started with a sit-in protest against government plans to demolish the last green area – Gezi Park – of Taksim Square in order to build a...

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