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Stakes Too High To Ignore Democracy's Retreat
Articles - April 18, 2013
 

Western thinking about freedom and democracy is marked by a set of optimistic assertions, which include the following:

First, the global advance of freedom and democracy marches ever-onward. Second, economic and political freedoms in a particular nation walk hand in hand, each reinforcing the other. Third, the more a society (particularly its middle class) enjoys economic growth and the higher living standards that normally come with it, the more citizens will push for greater political freedom.

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 284
Bulletins - April 15, 2013
 

Iran training pro-Assad militias;
While the U.S. and Jordan train the FSA...;
...Israel raises questions about UNFIL

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 283
Bulletins - April 5, 2013
 

Aqim sets sights on Tunisia;
Hamas to choose next leader;
Afghanistan, Tajikistan talk econ ties

 
Soothing words in Israel won't pull peace from Mideast flames
Articles - March 28, 2013
 

"Put yourself in their shoes," President Obama said of the Palestinians, imploring his Israeli audience in Jerusalem to work for peace. "Look at the world through their eyes.


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Eurasia Security Watch - No. 281
Bulletins - March 22, 2013
 

Egypt rejects IMF loan;
Zawahiri's brother wants a salafist Egypt;
Chechen jihadists flock to Syria

 
Obama's Middle East Policy In Tatters
Articles - March 21, 2013
 

President Obama's first journey to Israel as president comes amid earth-shattering change in Middle East, much of it for the worse. The Arab Spring, which once raised hopes of freedom and dignity, has diverged onto the dark path of Islamist authoritarian rule. In Syria, tens of thousands of people have died in a bitter civil war that might have recently seen its first use of chemical weapons. And Iran continues its march toward nuclear weapons capability, heedless of international condemnation. Obama's effort to seek peace between Palestinians and Israelis is in tatters.

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 279
Bulletins - February 26, 2013
 
 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 278
Bulletins - February 14, 2013
 

Iraqi Sunnis inspired by Arab Spring;
Bahrain begins talks after two years;
Malian and French troops fight for control

 
The Brotherhood's Agenda, Cairo's Catastrophe
Articles - January 14, 2013
 

It has been heralded as a humanitarian gesture and a sign of Arab leadership, but Qatar’s decision last week to double its $2.5 billion aid package to Egypt is also a telling indicator of the true economic state of affairs in post-revolutionary Egypt.

 
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 307
Bulletins - December 7, 2012
 

Gulf states focus on THAAD; What's next for Israel after Iron Dome; New battlefield laser in the works; Pyongyang helps Damascus to arm...; ...while China aids North Korea's missile gains