The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court's decision to dissolve parliament has "thrown Egypt into turmoil once again," threatening the upcoming presidential election runoff and the hopes of the country's sixteen-month-old revolution, says CFR's Steven A. Cook.
This Pew Research Center publication reports that "Egyptians remain optimistic" and "embrace democracy and religion in political life," and are generally positive toward the Muslim Brotherhood and military.
In outlining the changed landscape in the Middle East, Benoit Challand points out that potential crises, such as in Syria or Iran, could give regional governments an excuse to halt an already slow process of democratization.
Elliott Abrams, CFR's senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies, and Michael Willis, director of the Middle East Centre and King Mohamed VI fellow in Moroccan and Mediterranean studies at University of Oxford's St. Antony's College, discuss the progress made in the movement toward democracy in the Middle East as a result of the Arab uprisings.
This session was part of a CFR symposium, Implications of the Arab Uprisings, which was made possible by the generous support of Rita E. Hauser, and organized in cooperation with University of Oxford's St. Antony's College.
Adam Liptak of the New York Times writes that the U.S. Constitution no longer acts as the model for modern states. He cites the consitution's conservative interpretation and relatively few secured rights in making it a poor model in light of newer constitutions that reflect modern values and contexts.
Myanmar's sudden transition from repressive pariah to potential democracy should be viewed through the lens of a military alarmed by people power revolts and by the country's increasingly shaky economic condition, says CFR's Joshua Kurlantzick.
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