Cuba's repressive regime has shown remarkable resilience in the past, defying predictions of its inevitable collapse. Have its political fortunes changed? This Journal of Democracy article explores the current ferment in civil society and the stability of Raúl Castro's government.
This monograph assesses the claim that future warfare is a matter of nonstate actors employing irregular methods against Western states through a detailed analysis of Hezbollah’s military behavior, coupled with deductive inference from observable Hezbollah behavior in the field to findings for their larger strategic intent for the campaign.
Nathan J. Brown, an expert on Arab and Palestinian politics, says despite the major split in Palestinian ranks between Fatah and Hamas, it is “unlikely in the extreme” that some kind of peace arrangement can be worked out between Israel and the Fatah faction led by President Mahmoud Abbas.
The following article is a summary of views expressed by George Devendorf, the director of Public Affairs for Mercy Corps; and Tilly Reed, the chief of party in Afghanistan for Counterpart International at a panel convened by United States Institute of Peace to discuss the status and prospects of the development of civil society in Afghanistan.
This report from the Washington Institute argues that there remains considerable potential for a ‘velvet revolution’ from within Iran. It argues that religious leaders in Iran worry that the Islamic revolution's enemies could recruit people through nongovernmental organizations dedicated to humanitarian, child welfare, trade union, environmental, and antidrug issues. Accordingly, any social or cultural activity outside the regime's supervision remains subject to suspicion, especially in the wake of the "color" revolutions that led to the replacement of leaders inGeorgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan--countries close to Iran's borders.
Pentecostalism is the fastest-growing segment of global Christianity, representing at least a quarter of the world’s 2 billion Christians. As the evangelical movement spreads, it is bumping up against established religions like Islam in Africa and Roman Catholicism in Latin America. In this meeting, part of the Council’s Nexus of Religion and Foreign Policy initiative, Luis Lugo and Walter Mead discuss the rapid growth of this movement and what it portends for U.S. foreign policy as well as international relations throughout the world.
In a short time, the Gates Foundation has established a reputation as an innovative, effective donor to global health causes. A $30 billion gift from Warren Buffett is expected to dramatically expand the foundation's influence.
A report released by international Red Cross officials dispatched to assist in the recovery effort following Hurricane Katrina. The report offers serious criticisms of the performance of the American Red Cross during the hurricane.
The U.S. government has several channels for promoting democracy, but a plethora of independent U.S. organizations with that same mandate also exist, with varying degrees of financial dependency on the government.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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