After the Arab Spring: The Islamists’ Compromise in Tunisia

October 2015

How did a potent Islamist movement come to accept a non-Islamist constitution? The answer lies in that movement’s self-protective reflexes.

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After the Arab Spring: Are Secular Parties the Answer?

October 2015

A close look at secular parties in the Middle East today raises doubts about whether they are ready for prime time.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran’s Paradoxical Regime

April 2015

Iran’s authoritarianism is more flexible and more durable than its detractors would hope, yet more fragile and endangered than its defenders claim.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran Abroad

April 2015

The Iranian regime has sought to recast conventional principles of human rights and political participation by forging alliances with like-minded regimes and by broadcasting its narrative to an international audience.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Saudi Arabia’s Anxious Autocrats

April 2015

Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth sustains the antidemocratic policies that a nervous royal regime uses to defend against the threats and problems that confront it.

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