Blocking Social Media and the Restriction of Democracy in Turkey

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 […]

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UAE and USA: Partners in Stability

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 […]

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The Progress of Burmese Democracy

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 […]

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Democracy’s Moment of Truth in Burkina Faso?

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 […]

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