The path towards democracy in Egypt: the missed chance of the parliamentary elections

Denise Giacobbi*

POMEAS OP-ED, 2 August 2016

After more than two years since Morsi’s removal from power, parliamentary elections have been held in autumn 2015. Since the first riots in Tahrir, the country has been going through turmoil and hardship. The Egyptian parliament has also changed from a super-majority of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party prior to the revolution, to the elections of 2011-2012 in which pro-Islamic parties won more than 70 percent of seats.

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China’s Response to the Arab Spring

Mehri Annayeva*

POMEAS OP-ED, 10 July 2015

China with its fastest growing economy and active diplomacy has a significant role in the international arena. In the future, China has a potential to become a strong global power and pose a serious threat to the US hegemony. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) the US authority has already been in decline after it has carried out multiple military interventions.

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U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal: The Need for a Regional Perspective

PDF downlaodEmirhan Yorulmazlar*

POMEAS OP-ED, 20 March 2015

When the Obama administration's ground-breaking effort to carve out a nuclear deal was in its initial phases, the process carried the potential to lead the region towards a more secure and stable future. With pros and cons of the talks, there was a general awareness that any rapprochement should not be limited solely to a nuclear-focused deal between the U.S. and Iran and should address the broader regional security concerns, which would otherwise pave the way for a new destabilizing spiral of Iranian expansionism and sectarianism effectively leading to regional confrontation and nuclear proliferation.

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Violence Compared: Rape in Turkey and India*

PDF downlaodPınar Akpınar** and Jasmine Lovely George***

POMEAS OP-ED, 20 April 2015

There are striking similarities in the responses to rape and murder cases of women in India and Turkey: a predilection for punitive measures without addressing the root causes of violence.

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Soft Power and Hard Realities: Japan's Engagement in the Middle East

PDF downlaodMelisa Mendoza Vasquez*

POMEAS OP-ED, 27 February 2015

The cautious engagement of Japan in the Middle East received a hostile 'welcome' by the Islamic State. The hostage crises broke out just a few days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the region. The failure to handle the crisis showed the limitations of Japan's soft-power to have a say on the ground.

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