Arab revolt

0 Arab Spring flares up

Egypt’s Tahrir Square, at the start of the uprisingFlickr, Jonathan Rashad The popular uprising across the Middle East has intensified this week with the eruption of violence in Egypt and the resignation of Yemen’s president President Ali Abdullah Saleh. As the Washington Post reports, the level of violence in Egypt…

1 Dispatch from inside the Malawi protests: An African spring?

Flickr, tlupic Malawi protesters Malawi is in upheaval. Just as when Tunisians first rose up against their government, few outside are paying much attention. The same basic forces — unemployment, high food prices, human rights abuses and mistrust of government — which sparked the revolt in Tunisia and then…

0 President Obama says two interesting things about the Middle East

President Barack Obama said a lot today in his speech focused on our policy approach to the inflamed Middle East, but two things stood out for me: 1. He sided with popular revolutions trying to overturn Arab governments, many of which the U.S. had previously supported despite their history of…

0 Guardian: Time to abandon the democracy vs dictatorship debate?

The Guardian has published this very thought-provoking article arguing we need to stop thinking so simplistically when it comes to pushing for political progress in other countries. Well, who would argue with that? But David Booth, with the Overseas Development Institute, actually appears to be suggesting donors and development organizations…

1 New humanitarian standard for warfare?

Flickr, Jayel Aheram Except for euphemistically calling warfare “intervention,” I think this article in The Atlantic about our current military efforts in Libya “The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention” is a good read. Says the author Robert Pape: We may be witnessing an historic shift in international norms. Gandhi and…

0 On Libya, the Arab revolt and the national interest

Anti-Gaddafi protests in LibyaFlickr, Messay Shoakena The popular revolt in Libya began in Tunisia, gained force in Egypt, and is continuing its spread across much of the Arab world. Libya is different mostly in that we are supporting the rebellion militarily, which has raised other questions. The Arab revolt appears…

0 Wikileaks on Libya, Tunis and Egypt

The Telegraph published a worrisome article today about Libya, based on its interpretation of a Wikileaks diplomatic cable. Unlike in Tunisia and Egypt, the cable says, Libya’s popular revolt may be fueled by extremist Islamic elements. Former jihadi fighters who underwent “religious and ideological training” in Afghanistan, Lebanon and the…

0 What the Arab revolt reveals about development policy

The Guardian’s Alasdair McWilliam has written an excellent article, The pot boils over: Development lessons from Tunisia and Egypt, that anyone interested in development and foreign policy should read. The gist of it is that our standard indicators progress in development — health, education, economic growth and the ballyhooed Millennium…

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