This survey by Pew reveals an even split between Egyptians who value a prominent role for religion in government and those who consider religion to play a small role. The poll also explores Egyptians' attitudes towards democracy and other considerations that will factor into Egypt's uncertain future.
Large numbers of unemployed youth have been behind the protests for change in the Middle East. Demographics expert Ragui Assaad says the region must move toward democracy and open economic systems to turn the youth bulge into an opportunity.
The military leadership now running Egypt emerged from two weeks of anti-government protests with its reputation intact, but it has yet to prove commitment to the reforms demanded by the public, writes CFR's Steven Cook.
Daniel C. Kurtzer interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman
Egypt's new military leadership needs to move quickly to cancel the thirty-year-old emergency law, open a national dialogue, and lay out a timetable for reforms, says former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Daniel Kurtzer.
Egypt's Emergency Law has allowed the state to clamp down on any opposition movement and many dissidents languish in Egyptian prisons. It has greatly increased the powers of the presidency and led to a legacy of police brutality in Egypt.
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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