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Thinking Aloud: “The Middle East in 2025: Long-Term Scenarios and Strategies for Stability”

June 14, 2015 by Darius  In May, I attended a presentation of a report on “The Middle East in 2025: Long-Term Scenarios and Strategies for Stability.”  The report’s chief author and presenter was Florence Gaub of the EU Institute for … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Lonely War”

Jan. 10, 2015 by Darius Today I saw Iranian journalist Nazila Fathi talk about her recent book The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran.  Fathi’s book is partly personal memoir and partly broader insights about Iran’s … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Turkey’s President Accuses Advocates of Birth Control of Being Traitors”

“Turkey’s President Accuses Advocates of Birth Control of Being Traitors” The New York Times, December 23, 2014, p.A8 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/23/world/europe/erdogan-turkey-president-says-contraception-supporters-traitors.html?_r=0 “He has called women unequal to men.  He has demanded that some high school students learn an Ottoman-era script scrapped nearly a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: How the Other Half Lives

Oct. 19,  2014 by Darius  What a difference 850 miles makes.  That’s the approximately distance between the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria and Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia.  One thing in particular stands out between them: the role of women.  … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Poised for the Future, Saudi Arabia

Sept. 14, 2014 by Darius  Two weeks ago, I introduced my Poised for the Future Index, a metric which combines improvements in a country’s levels of educational attainment, its corruption levels, and its political stability to identify countries that seem … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Senegal, Imams Decry Family Planning”

“In Senegal, Imams Decry Family Planning” The Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2014, p.A10 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/family-planning-program-in-senegal-drawn-into-conflict-with-religious-leaders/2014/03/15/8c33b692-860e-11e3-b85b-b305db87fb90_story.html “From the corner of his family’s bustling courtyard, El Hadji Fally Diallo looked out approvingly at his large extended family.  Several women with babies on their … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Three Cheers for Tunisia

Jan. 27, 2014 by Darius Yesterday witnessed a huge, if under-reported, event in the Middle East: in Tunisia, the National Constituent Assembly officially approved the country’s new constitution by an overwhelming margin: 200 of the 216 parliamentarians voted in favor … Continue reading

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