January 10, 2016
Stephen W. Bosworth, 76, a three-time U.S. ambassador who helped shepherd the transition to democracy in the Philippines after the decades-long rule of Ferdinand E. Marcos and later sought to defuse the nuclear threat in North Korea, died Monday at his home in Boston. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said his brother Brian Bosworth. At the time of his death, Mr. Bosworth was chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
November 6, 2014 |
As we debate how Tuesday's election results will affect government gridlock, I can't help thinking about two other elections, held last week, in tiny Tunisia and embattled Ukraine. They offer insights to Americans fed up with paralysis in Washington (exit polls showed a majority of U.S. voters were not only dissatisfied with President Obama, but also with both political parties - and with Congress). As Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell take to the airwaves promising to deliver "results" over the next two years, I suggest they pay attention to what's happening in Tunis and Kiev.
February 3, 2014 |
For those who think the failures of the Arab Spring prove the Mideast is unsuited to democracy, Jordan's Marwan Muasher begs to differ. A scholar and statesman who's long been a voice for tolerance in the Arab world, Muasher argues - in his important new book, The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism - that it's too soon to judge the outcome of the Arab upheavals that began in 2011. He says: "The Arab world never operated in a culture of democracy, so you can't expect a transformational process in three years.
July 29, 2013 |
When leftist opposition leader Mohammed Brahmi was gunned down in front of his family Thursday in Tunis, the impact rippled throughout the region. The assassination shook the only democracy born of the Arab Spring upheavals that is still fully functioning. Given the military crackdown in Egypt, the civil war in Syria, and the instability in Libya and Yemen, the Tunis killing raised a question the 2011 revolts were supposed to have buried: Is democracy suited to the Arab world? Tunisia was supposed to be the poster child for Arab democracy, the country where the self-immolation of a frustrated youth sparked the first (peaceful)
May 3, 2013 |
The lunch-hour rush is under way at the convoy of food trucks that line Spruce Street near the University of Pennsylvania campus. From inside the cramped Chez Yasmine, Jihed Chehimi is serving gourmet street fare from around the globe - heaping salmon sandwiches sprinkled with caviar, homemade couscous, and cups of Indian red lentil soup - all with a side of conversation that occasionally turns to the science of AIDS. For more than two decades, the Ph.D. in viral immunology was an HIV/AIDS researcher, first at Penn and then at the labs of the Wistar Institute, where the senior scientist explored innate and adaptive immunity.
February 22, 2013 |
Tunisia has done it again. The country that triggered the Arab Spring has produced something unseen during the past two years of upheavals: A politician who holds himself to account. Hamadi Jebali, Tunisia's prime minister, resigned Tuesday in protest at the failure of political leaders, including those of his own Islamist party, Ennahda, to compromise. He was trying to calm the country after the assassination of an opposition leader had sent tens of thousands of Tunisians to the streets in protest at the failure of Ennahda to crack down on religious extremists blamed for that murder and other acts of violence.
January 15, 2013
By Moncef Marzouki The futurist Alvin Toffler used to say that when a society reaches a certain degree of development, democracy becomes a technical necessity, not simply an ethical one. But this rule didn't seem to apply to the Arab world. Industrialization failed, "modernity" arrived late due to colonization, and when a democratic wave destroyed dictatorships in Latin America and Eastern Europe, little happened in North Africa and the Middle East. Racists pointed to the wrong cause for this phenomenon, citing the culture.
January 9, 2013 |
TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisian authorities released one of the only men in custody for alleged links to September's attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the latest blow to an investigation that has limped along for months. Armed groups assaulted the lightly guarded mission on Sept. 11 and killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, but despite U.S. promises there has been little news of progress so far in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
September 16, 2012 |
CAIRO - The Obama administration ordered the evacuation of all but emergency U.S. government personnel, and all family members, from diplomatic missions in Tunisia and Sudan on Saturday and warned Americans not to travel to those countries. The action came as leaders across the Muslim world took stock of their relationship with the United States, a major provider of aid and investment, and struggled to balance it with the simmering anger of their populations. In Sudan, the State Department order came after the government in Khartoum rejected a U.S. request to send a Marine antiterrorism unit to protect the embassy there, which came under attack by protesters Friday.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON - The U.S. men's Olympic basketball team needed a while but eventually put on the show fans came to see, beating Tunisia, 110-63, Tuesday night. Finally pulling away when coach Mike Krzyzewski started the reserves to open the second half, the Americans had six players in double figures and improved to 2-0 in the tournament. Krzyzewski insists he planned to start the second unit even before a lackluster first half, and said there was nothing bad about the Americans' performance.