Last Monday, Saudi Arabia became the first country to be elected to a non-permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council—and then decline the honor. It’s clear that Saudi Arabia, one of America’s closest allies in the region, is expressing its displeasure with U.S. policy in the Middle East. However, the cooling of relations between Washington … Continue reading
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Patience for Egypt
The author of a New York Times article this month criticized the rioters in Egypt, arguing that they should have voted Mohamed Morsi out of office in a democratic way when dissatisfied with his tenure in office. Of course, he is correct. If Egypt’s democracy were thriving, dissatisfied citizens would have rallied support for the … Continue reading
Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics
Events from last week highlight two very different faces of the Syrian intervention movement and how each is evolving: Senator John McCain’s visit with rebel leaders, and the as yet unconfirmed report of an American combatant’s death. These developments have attracted increased attention to the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, a prospect which seemed … Continue reading
Chaos in Tunisia
In Tunisia, protests are nothing new; the Arab Spring cascaded after a Tunisian man set himself on fire in demonstration against the way the police were treating him. This week, mass protests have erupted after Chokri Belaid, the infamous opposition leader in Tunisia, was assassinated. This is the largest protest since December 2010. The labor … Continue reading
Is Egypt the next Iran?
Recent events in Egypt are reawakening the discontent that ended in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak. Last Thursday, November 22, newly elected President Mohamed Morsi declared that Egypt’s courts cannot overturn decisions he’s made since entering office in June or over the next six months, nor can they alter the makeup or work of … Continue reading
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