May-December Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

February 05, 2014

Africa must ensure that youth have an opportunity to engage in all aspects of society. In 2009, African leaders met in Addis Ababa to declare 2009-2018 as the "African Youth Decade." Despite rhetoric promising to mobilize resources to help spur human development and curb unemployment,...

An Alliance Split Apart: The AKP Battles the Gulen Movement

February 02, 2014

Incompatible visions for Turkey’s future are behind the recent spat. The de facto dispute between the Gulen Movement (GM), led by Fethullah Gulen, and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has moved into the public sphere since the National Intelligence Agency (MIT) crisis last...

Pakistan’s Struggle for an Independent Judiciary

September 21, 2013

Pakistan’s judiciary has undergone an enormous transformation in its recent history.  The principle of rule of law constitutes the very basic substance of democracy. The rule of law involves the supremacy of the constitution, equality before law, and civil liberties. Pakistan’s...

Taksim Square: Turkey’s Turn to Protest?

June 18, 2013

Recent protests in Turkey have exposed deep seated divisions within society. But do they threaten to weaken the stability of Erdogan’s government? Background Until recently, Turkey’s citizen-government relations have remained relatively stable, overshadowed by the ever increasing...

Democratizing Iran: Khatami’s Grand Strategy

June 11, 2013

Khatami's non-confrontational stance towards Ayatollah Khamenei serves as part of his grand-strategy for a political comeback. Mohammed Khatami has once again taken a backseat in Iranian politics. The former (and only) reformist president from 1997-2005 has, for the second election in a row,...

Protests in Anbar: Civil War or a New Iraq?

May 09, 2013

Tensions are rising in Iraq, as new waves of violence rock the country following hotly-contested elections and months of protests by its Sunni minority. It has been a bloody few weeks for Iraq. Following months of escalating protests in Sunni-dominated areas of the country, a series of highly...