Posts Tagged: Democracy
As the current revolts in the Middle East demonstrate, the democracy-versus-stability debate rests on a false dichotomy.
Are we seeing a revolution in the Middle East or just a rebranding of military dictatorships?
How will the pro-democracy movement respond if the military subverts the revolution?
The United States often acts like it has the patent on democracy.
Ever day U.S. soldiers risk and lose their lives ostensibly for the cause of Middle Eastern democracy, so why isn't Washington more firmly supportive of democracy in Egypt?
For its strains of homophobia and anti-Semitism, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood wouldn't get my vote, but for its fight against both religious extremism and secular authoritarianism it gets my respect.
The "Tunisian Miracle" of dictator Ben Ali offered economic progress in exchange for civil liberties and thus sowed the seeds of discord.
Tunisia is not the only democracy movement in the Muslim world, but will the United States provide consistent support to them all?
Will Tunisia be the beginning of the Arab world's 1989?
The United States has a real opportunity to encourage Islamists to express their frustrations through peaceful means.