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Child Targets in Syria

Child Targets in Syria

Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright talks with BBC World News America about new allegations by the UN High Commission on Human Rights that the Syrian military have been targeting children.

Iraq’s House of Cards: The Primary Mission

"The primary American mission is to help rebuild the house of cards that is the Iraqi government—a political challenge almost as daunting as devising a strategy to beat back the alienated Sunni (and other) forces in the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)," writes Robin Wright.

Will Buds from the Arab Spring Continue to Blossom?

Something began during the Arab Spring that is irreversible, contends Wilson Center Scholar Roberto Toscano. The Arab masses feel empowered and have set the stage for economic and social transformation.

The New Mideast Talks: Much Risk, Little Hope, but Still We Must Try

As the latest round of talks begin, Aaron David Miller outlines the three core challenges to achieving an agreement. And while the odds against success are long, “Still, Mr. Kerry has put down a bet worth making.”

As Islamists stumble in Egypt and Tunisia, the Arab Spring turns wintery

Of all the states that rose against tyranny, Egypt and Tunisia have traveled the furthest on the road to democratic transformation. However, concerns about the Islamists’ fidelity to democracy continue to mount. This is particularly so in Egypt where the president seems susceptible to authoritarian proclivities and the Islamist elite show little inclination to compromise. In Tunisia, the prospects for democracy are relatively better as Ennahda, partners in the governing coalition, have little choice but to be flexible. It is rather ironic that democratic transformation is left in the hands of those professing fidelity to principles whose compatibility with democracy is contested.

Iran’s Tone Changes in Istanbul: Nuke Talks ‘Constructive and Useful’

While Iran’s nuke talks in Istanbul were ‘constructive and useful,’ the real work is yet to come writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler in this follow-up report on the P5+1 talks in Istanbul.

The Jordanian Regime and the Muslim Brotherhood: A Tug of War

The momentum of the Arab Spring has weakened, at least temporarily, in Jordan. This has returned the relationship between Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood and the Jordanian regime to its historic position of limited engagement rather than full cooperation. Having survived the initial wave of Arab Spring unrest by relying on its traditional political formula, the regime is now confident that it can maintain stability without making major compromises on political or institutional reforms.

Reflections on Iran’s Tumultuous Revolution: 35 Years Later

Iran marked the 35th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution on February 11. Shaul Bakhash, who witnessed the revolution first-hand, reflects on the revolution’s tumultuous birth and its legacy and how it differed from the still-born revolution in Egypt during the Arab Spring.

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