The United States should see family planning as a foreign policy priority that leads to healthier and more prosperous societies, and should increase funding, resources and support for those countries with the highest unmet need, argues CFR’s Isobel Coleman.
Human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi discusses the impact of the Arab Spring on the democratic movement in Iran with Isobel Coleman, Director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative.
http://blogs.cfr.org/cook/ - Just back from Egypt, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven A. Cook reflects on the dramatic experience of being in Tahrir Square when protests began and the most recent clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
Senior Vice President of CFR, James M. Lindsay, responds to comments to his post on CNN’s GPS Blog. Here’s the blog post - http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/03/09/7-ugly-options-for-the-u-s...
President Obama is right to balance U.S. national interests with democracy promotion in dealing with the Middle East, intervening in select cases and standing behind democracy advocates in others, says expert Larry Diamond.
Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Quartet Representative to the Middle East, discusses the role of international governments in promoting democracy in the Middle East with Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.