Addressing Egypt’s economically debilitating subsidy system will be hard amid political transition, but with the country’s social contract under review, the time is ripe for reform needed to put the country on a more viable economic path, says CFR’s Isobel Coleman.
A deadline for cease-fire in Syria is set, but the international community remains divided on ways forward. CFR’s Ed Husain says many questions remain about opposition unity, leadership transition, and whether it will be possible to keep the peace.
In this Markets and Democracy Brief, Judith Kelley examines the achievements, shortcomings, and drawbacks of international election monitoring, arguing that it merits both enthusiasm and healthy skepticism.
Global monitors say Iran’s human rights situation is poor and unlikely to improve amid a climate of political uncertainty and growing external pressures. But activists urge continued international scrutiny of Iran’s violations.
In this Markets and Democracy Brief, CFR’s John Campbell and Asch Harwood note the potential dangers of elections in weak and divided African countries, but they urge continued U.S. support for elections because Africans themselves embrace them.
Post-Qaddafi Libya will face difficulties with rebel infighting, the anger of Qaddafi loyalists, and more, but the long-time dictator’s death also creates an opening for a more peaceful country. CFR’s Richard Haass, Ed Husain, and Ray Takeyh weigh Libya’s prospects.