Has the Door Closed on Arab Democracy?

January 2015

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, democracy in the Arab world seems farther away today than at any point in the last 25 years. If it is to ever arrive, it will likely be through a more evolutionary and elite-driven process.


The Ups and Downs of Islamism

July 2014

A review of Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East by Shadi Hamid.

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Democratic Parliamentary Monarchies

April 2014

How do democracies emerge from monarchies? In an essay that eminent political scientist Juan J. Linz was working on when he passed away in October 2013, he and his coauthors draw lessons from the European experience about whether and how Arab monarchies might aid or resist democratic development.

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Tracking the "Arab Spring": Why the Modest Harvest?

October 2013

Popular uprisings have occurred only in some Arab states and in even fewer have authoritarian rulers been overthrown. What factors allow us to predict whether an authoritarian regime will be vulnerable?


Tracking the "Arab Spring": Egypt’s Failed Transition

October 2013

The July 2013 military takeover has squashed democratic hopes in Egypt, at least for now. How did things go so wrong, and what lessons are to be drawn from this lamentable episode?

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