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1st August 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Why editing out ‘democracy’ matters

Clifford D. May

Language is the stock and trade of diplomats, so even small changes can carry great weight. When changes come in a context in which the administration’s commitments and/or intentions are unclear, word choice can be even more powerful, whether it is intended to be so or not.

12th July 2017 - Washington Times

Is it wrong to prefer the West to the rest?

Clifford D. May

Freedom, human, civil and individual rights, representative government, separation of church and state, the rule of law, pluralism and tolerance are all Western concepts, rooted in classical Greece and Rome and developed in the Enlightenment.

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

India reminds us why we want democratic allies

Clifford D. May

The Post reported: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, denied a visa to enter the United States for nearly a decade, on Wednesday addressed a joint meeting of Congress, declaring that India and the United States are ‘natural allies’ and urging the two nations to establish even closer...

17th October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

The Other Long War

Clifford D. May

The Muslim world needs democracy and economic reform — on that, almost everyone agrees. As Rami Khouri, columnist for the Daily Star of Beirut...

13th August 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Challenges Await Mali’s Next President

While results are being tallied in Mali’s run-off elections, a ‘strong man’ appears poised to win the presidential elections. In the first round, former Prime...

3rd August 2013 - The Long War Journal

Zawahiri Rebukes Muslim Brotherhood for Trusting Democracy

Bill Roggio

Just one day after the Egyptian military overthrew the elected Muslim Brotherhood government, Shabaab was at the forefront of those arguing...

3rd January 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Beyond ‘Toxic Nationalism’

Clifford D. May

Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both.

9th December 2012 - CTV News

News Update

Egypt’s opposition vows to keep the protests up against Morsi’s referendum. Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy Khairi Abaza weighs in.

24th September 2012 - The Weekly Standard

Living with Islam

Reuel Marc Gerecht

For close to 1,300 years, Muslims cared little what infidels thought of them. The curious caliph, sultan, vizier, or cleric might engage the arguments of Christians questioning the one true...

14th August 2012 - Quoted by Haley BeMiller, The DePaulia

Egypt’s President and Military Struggle Toward Democracy

Tunisia was the spark that ignited the Arab Spring, but the revolts in Egypt immediately after set the fire ablaze. When Egyptians removed former President Hosni Mubarak from power...

24th July 2012 - The Guardian

The Day I Met Syria’s Mr Big

"The country is not ready for revolutions and civil disobedience," he told me. "That's your opinion," I replied. "We won't imprison you and let your friends in America turn you into a hero."

16th July 2012 - Ordered Liberty

Secretary Clinton and ‘Real Democracy’ in the Middle East

“The era of Big Government is over!” I could not get President Bill Clinton’s famous declaration out of my mind this morning as I read the speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave in Egypt yesterday.

10th July 2012 - Foreign Affairs

Wrong Way Down the Danube

In January 2011, the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that the 82-year-old philosopher Agnes Heller and four other academics would be investigated for the misuse of nearly $2.5 million in public grant money.

2nd July 2012 - Interviewed by Ryan Mauro, Stop Radical Islam.org

Syria Needs US Intervention Now: Ammar Abduhamid

Ammar Abduhamid is a liberal Syrian pro-democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile in September, 2005. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Khawla Yusuf, and their two children.

19th May 2012 - National Review Online

From Democracy to Sharia

A few weeks ago, amid the “Arab Spring” giddiness, a Shiite mosque opened in Cairo. This was big news. Among Egypt’s 80 million people, there are only a few thousand Shiites.

14th May 2012 - National Post

Egypt’s Presidential Debate was a Historic Triumph for Democracy. So Why Did We Ignore It?

On Thursday night, something historic took place in Egypt: The first televised presidential debate ever held in the Arab world. This was four-and-a-half hours of real cut-and-thrust on sensitive issue...

2nd May 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Middle East Non-Leadership

Jonathan Schanzer

In the meantime, our claim to the moral high ground evaporates. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies comments on Obama’s inconsistency in the region when it comes to democracy and support for human rights.

25th April 2012 - The National Interest

Mubarak’s Old Stalwarts Vie for Supremacy

In late May, Egyptians will vote in the first free presidential election in their history. But despite parliamentary elections and other inklings of democracy, the forces of the old dictatorship under deposed President Hosni Mubarak still hold the cards.

12th April 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

It’s Not the Arab Spring, It’s the Nahda

Clifford D. May

The term “Arab Spring” was born of optimism, not analysis. When a downtrodden fruit monger in Tunisia self-immolated, setting off a series of regional upheavals, many journalists, diplomats and academics thought they heard an echo of the Prague Spring of 1968.

28th March 2012 - Standpoint

Europe’s Money Problems

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Eastern Europe emerged from the dark oppressive cloud of history in 1989, Western proponents of liberal democracy could be excused for their elation. Their cause had won a bitter ideological struggle with Communism.

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