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.
Former secretary of state James A. Baker says the crucial U.S. alliance with a politically stunted Egyptian regime poses major difficulties for the Obama administration as it tries to balance U.S. values with national interests.
Former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice reflects on her time in the Bush administration and issues faced after 9/11, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also discusses the damaging effects of WikiLeaks and the geopolitical challenges of Iran and North Korea.