Saarah Javed, University of Maryland, College Park: Earlier this month, the installation of the new UN-backed Libyan government, the Government of National Accord (GNA), was off to a rocky start, with gunfire and death threats upon the arrival of the GNA Prime Minister in Tripoli. On December 17, 2015, the UN created the Government of […]Read more "The Shores of Tripoli: Transitioning From Gaddafi"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: Just over a year has passed since the Bardo Museum terrorist attack in Tunisia last year, and yet the threat of extremist continues to loom over the country. Caught within a destabilized and violent region, Tunisia has struggled to keep their developing democracy safe and secure from radicals. Tunisian politicians, in order […]Read more "Trading Freedom for Security in Tunisia"
McHenry Lee, JHU: For a race that so far has been dominated by a candidate unwilling or unable to delve into the nuances of policy, Wednesday night’s debate was a change of pace. For over three hours, the top eleven candidates debated back and forth with only one break. Amid a flurry of one-liners and […]Read more "Policy Amid Politics: An Analysis of the Second GOP Debate"
Ashby Henningsen, UMBC: For many years, Turkey has stood as a unique outlier within a politically and civilly turbulent region. Until Tunisia’s systemic shift during the Arab Spring, many considered Turkey to be the lone example of a stable democratic government in the ideologically charged Middle East, surrounded as it has been by authoritarian regimes […]Read more "Blocking Social Media and the Restriction of Democracy in Turkey"
Erin Snyder, Goucher College: On March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day in a myriad of ways – marches, protests, Twitter campaigns (check out the #NotThere initiative), and Facebook posts. Around the world the global community engaged in conversation about women’s rights – both how far we’ve come and how far we have yet […]Read more "Film Ban Reignites Discussion of Women’s Rights in India"
Jon Loewenberg, JHU: Last week, I read an opinion piece in the New York Times that raised an interesting topic: the German silence on Israel. Omri Boehm argued that the silence of many prominent German intellectuals on the subject of Israeli-Palestinian conflict could be considered a speech act and that this is a dangerous path […]Read more "The Case for Public Engagement on Israel"
Anna Quinn, Loyola: Over the past few years, the world has watched as Egypt has undergone a significant amount of change. First, Egyptians and the global community alike witnessed as Hosni Mubarak, the country’s President of almost 30 years, stepped down in 2011 after 18 days of protests against his regime. Then, after a brief […]Read more "UAE and USA: Partners in Stability"
Author: Ava White, Johns Hopkins University ___________________________________________________________________________________ The Southeast Asian country sandwiched between India and Thailand is going through an identity crisis: the US government refers to the country as Burma; however, the United Nations – and the country itself – maintains that its name is Myanmar, which in Burmese is simply a more formal […]Read more "The Progress of Burmese Democracy"
Author: Ashby Henningsen, UMBC _______________________________________________________________________________________ Over the past weekend, the world bore witness to yet another example of how quickly public outcry can catalyze political upheaval. In the western African country of Burkina Faso, protesters decrying the possibility of a fifth ruling term by long-ruling strongman […]Read more "Democracy’s Moment of Truth in Burkina Faso?"