Iran’s Exclusionary Republic

April 2018

A review of Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed by Misagh Parsa.

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Dashed Hopes and Extremism in Tunisia

January 2018

Tunisia is now one of the Arab world’s most democratic countries, but it has also been producing worrisome numbers of recruits for groups such as ISIS. How can this paradox be explained? 

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Iran’s 2017 Election: The Opposition Inches Forward

October 2017

Despite all its flaws, Iran’s May 2017 presidential balloting amounted to another small but genuine advance for the cause of democracy. 

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Iran’s 2017 Election: Waning Democratic Hopes

October 2017

Wrongly viewed by many media sources as a victory for “reform” and “openness,” the recent presidential election in Iran actually reflected the demoralization and disengagement of the country’s prodemocratic opposition.

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Jordan and Morocco: The Palace Gambit

April 2017

Two of the Arab world’s more liberal regimes, the kingdoms of Jordan and Morocco, are sometimes said to be evolving toward democracy. Is this true, and what are the longer-term prospects for these two monarchies?

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