Isobel Coleman, Director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, discusses new initiatives announced by President Obama in support of the democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, including trade, investment, debt forgiveness, and loan guarantees.
This Los Angeles Times article by Borzou Daragahi states that the Tunisian Revolution was the culmination of tensions between the haves and have-nots in a nation where a brutal regime treated the people like serfs.
The Egyptian and Libyan publics are the two most likely to be inspired by the ouster of Tunisia's Ben Ali, and the United States should be pressing Egypt especially to open up politics and allow for competition, says CFR's Elliott Abrams.
The ouster of Tunisian President Ben Ali and some imitation protests in other North African states are leading to questions about whether a "Jasmine Revolution" will affect other authoritarian states in the Arab world.
Military and popular support for Tunisian President Ben Ali's departure from power could mean pressure on new leadership for reform, and could also lead to modest concessions to reform in Egypt and elsewhere, says CFR's Steven Cook.
Weeks of protests against unemployment, repression, and corruption in Tunisia could mean the end of President Ben Ali's government and could affect repressive governments in the Middle East, say experts.
Authors: Karl Mallon, Greg Bourne, and Richard Mott
Sustainable energy and technology can curb climate change and meet projected growth in demand for energy but only if key decisions are made within the next five years, according to a new WWF report. Climate Solutions: WWF's vision for 2050 concludes that sustainable technologies can meet global projected energy demand while avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change. But it warns that the governmental policies needed to propel this transition are not now in place, or even in prospect in most cases.
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The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.