Although the intervention in Libya has had some positive effects on the country it finds itself in a humanitarian crisis. Impunity and crimes against humanity occur, many people are displaced and conflict has spilled over to neighbouring countries. A more developed and broader humanitarian intervention in Libya is required
What should be the
international approach to resolving the Syrian crisis, and does diplomacy or
military aid to the rebels offer a better chance of progress? Mariano Aguirre
responds to the criticisms of Steven Heydemann and Reinoud Leenders.
of regime violence is not a response to the rise of an armed opposition, but
the reaction of the Assad regime to a popular uprising that has demonstrated
remarkable resilience. Without a credible threat, ‘Weapons vs. Negotiations’ is
a false choice.
Western governments need to recognize that authoritarian regimes are often fierce but not strong; that privatisation is rarely the road to liberalisation, much less democratization; and that Islamism was as wrong-footed by the uprisings as they were
Iran and the 5 +1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) began talks on 15 April in Istanbul with a plenary session of all parties. The White House has welcomed Iran-5+1 group talks as a ‘positive first step’.
Debates on the Iranian nuclear programme tend to adopt a
Manichean view depicting it as a major security threat. If we want to properly
address the issue of nuclear proliferation, it is time to switch to a different
framework for negotiations.
It is a long road from an initial uprising to something that can be called a successful revolution. So far in the Arab region, only Tunisia has met even the minimum criteria of revolutionary success. And although there is increasing talk of a ‘Turkish’ or ‘Indonesian’ model combining a pious society with a democratic state, the region as a whole is stuck in a phase of fragile pacts and illiberal renewal
Sponsored by the NATO
Public Diplomacy Division, the US Mission to Germany, and the Heinrich Böll
Foundation, the Atlantic-community.org’s "Your
Ideas, Your NATO" policy workshop competition challenged
students and young professionals to make recommendations on how NATO should
support the long-term transition process prompted by the Arab Spring.
Ayatollah Khamenei's recent declarations concerning
the future of the Iranian nuclear dispute may sound belligerent, but they
indeed reveal levers to be used for diplomacy. Acknowledging Iran’s role as a
regional leader is a first step.
Current tensions between Iran and the US /Israel alliance may lead to military intervention from either side. The
outcome of such initiative is very uncertain as both sides are caught up in
Violence in Iraq is
not a throw-back to some more ‘primitive’ past, driven by dark passions dredged
up from history. On the contrary,
it has a logic and a constitutive power of its own fully in line with the contemporary
experiences that Iraqis have undergone both before and after 2003. Moreover, it
seems to be regarded by those in power as a good deal less troubling than
Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is accused of fomenting instability
in the country. But the objectives of SCAF are best met if Egyptians feel
secure, even numb, not the other way around. So if SCAF is not the culprit, who
is? Read Part
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