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.
The Arab world’s new revolutionary fervor marks a convergence of values the United States should welcome even if it means rethinking the balance of interests and ideals, says Middle East expert Richard Murphy.
The experiences of several Asian states in the past quarter-century are worth noting in today’s turbulent Mideast. The Asian cases show the value of swift, cohesive action by opposition groups, and the need for a light U.S. touch, says CFR’s Joshua Kurlantzick.
Egypt’s post-Mubarak transition parallels Indonesia’s post-Suharto, argues CFR’s Karen Brooks. Indonesia’s example indicates the Muslim Brotherhood should be incorporated into Egyptian politics rather than marginalized, she says.
In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Shannon O’Neil charts the progress of Mexico’s economic and democratic reforms. She sees grounds for optimism on both fronts but concludes that Mexico risks falling behind unless it redoubles efforts to overcome its authoritarian past.