The atmosphere should not be our waste dump. Ken Caldeira

Wind of Change


Changeover of power in Tunisia, unrests in Egypt, reform promises in Jordan and Yemen – the Middle East witnesses radical change. But the way into democracy is not secured. The courage of the revolutionaries needs to lead to liberal reforms.


US Policy in Egypt


Friends with Benefits

In spite of the violent crackdown on protesters in Egypt, the United States continues to avoid reviewing its policy regarding military aid to the country. The Obama administration has good reason to be cautious.

Egypt after Morsi


Specters of the Past

Following Morsi’s ouster, the struggle for power in Egypt is raging. But the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to bring about any democratic stability in the foreseeable future.

Coups in Africa


The Rule of Khaki

The ouster of Morsi is only one episode in the long tradition of African state coups. Yet, it contributes to a trend that threatens the blossoming of democracy across the region.

The End of Morsi's Rule


The Road to Collapse

Following Morsi’s ouster, Egypt is once again on a knife-edge. While it is yet unforeseeable how the country can overcome the current state of crisis, it is quite clear how it got itself into it in the first place.

Ahmadinejad in Cairo


Photo-Op Diplomacy

Ahmadinejad’s trip to Egypt was about soft power – not about crafting a new alliance.

Unrest in Amman


The Trouble With Jordan

The past few weeks have seen increased unrest in Jordan. But the biggest challenge for King Abdullah II might not come from the streets, but from his country’s dependence on foreign oil.

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