After the Arab Spring: Are Secular Parties the Answer?

October 2015

A close look at secular parties in the Middle East today raises doubts about whether they are ready for prime time.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran’s Paradoxical Regime

April 2015

Iran’s authoritarianism is more flexible and more durable than its detractors would hope, yet more fragile and endangered than its defenders claim.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Iran Abroad

April 2015

The Iranian regime has sought to recast conventional principles of human rights and political participation by forging alliances with like-minded regimes and by broadcasting its narrative to an international audience.

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The Authoritarian Resurgence: Saudi Arabia’s Anxious Autocrats

April 2015

Saudi Arabia’s vast oil wealth sustains the antidemocratic policies that a nervous royal regime uses to defend against the threats and problems that confront it.

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Has the Door Closed on Arab Democracy?

January 2015

In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, democracy in the Arab world seems farther away today than at any point in the last 25 years. If it is to ever arrive, it will likely be through a more evolutionary and elite-driven process.

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