How Can Democracy Go Wrong?

September 27, 2016

Is the representative nature of democracy the source of its poor outcomes? When we talk about dictatorships, we recall terrifying names like Stalin, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jung Un, Idi Amin. They are all associated with images of unconstrained power, racism, xenophobia, nationalism,...

Tunisia: New Government, Old Ways?

January 08, 2014

Tunisia’s government reshuffling promises to change little for the country's impoverished population. About a year ago, in Los Angeles, I asked Jaco, a Tunisian-Jewish friend, for his thoughts on the post-Ben Ali Tunisian political situation. He thought about it for a second and summed...

Iran’s March to Naked Dictatorship?

May 28, 2013

In the next few weeks, the political trajectory of Iran for the next decade will be revealed. Trita Parsi examines the upcoming Iranian Presidential Election. The next few weeks in Iran — with the elections and the political drama around it — can prove decisive in determining whether a...