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May 15th, 2013

Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solution

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The Atlantic on May 14, 2013

CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues in The Atlantic that there is no greater imperative for American interests in the Middle East- and no higher act of friendship that the U.S. can perform for Israel - than to help it find a way to a two-state solution before the option disappears. Read more »



April 19th, 2013

Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of Lebanon

ARD Op-ed: The Lancet on April 18, 2013

In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations. Read more »



January 16th, 2013

Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocities

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: New York Times on January 14, 2013

As French troops deployed to Mali this week to push back Islamist rebels, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Fellow Landry Signé writes in the New York Times that the failure to restore democracy sooner has descended the country into a devilish civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. Signé argues that Mali's West African neighbors and the international community should have acted earlier to restore peace and security to a country long recognized for its democratic stability. Read more »



January 9th, 2013

Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Op-ed

In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment. Read more »



January 7th, 2013

Qatar's involvement in Libya

ARD Op-ed: World Peace Foundation blog on January 7, 2013

Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog. Read more »



December 7th, 2012

Image politics in the Middle East

ARD Op-ed: LSE Middle East Center Blog on December 7, 2012

Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's new book, Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (2012), Khatib comments on the centrality of the visual in the politics of the region for the LSE Middle East Center blog. Read more »



October 1st, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi: From politician to 'democracy icon' and back again

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In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses the journey of Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi from a democracy icon to a political party leader. During her 17-day U.S. tour, Suu Kyi appeared at the San Francisco Freedom Forum carrying the message of forgiveness and non-violence. Diamond reflects on Suu Kyi's leadership and the hope she represents for Burma as it emerges from half a century of military rule. Read more »



September 17th, 2012

The Proposition Games: Will Prop 35 help curb human trafficking?

PHR Op-ed: The Stanford Daily on September 17, 2012

In a piece for the Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about Proposition 35 (the CASE Act), slated for the November 2012 California Ballot. Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking and deter traffickers with higher penalties and fines. Critics of Proposition 35 argue that stiffer sentencing is not the core of this complex problem. They defend that efforts should be directed to training police and prosecutors, and funding victim-services providers to protect and enable court proceedings. Read more »



August 29th, 2012

When things are too quiet to be good

PHR Op-ed: Stanford Daily on August 29, 2012

In a piece for the Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about Angola's parliamentary election, political violence and violations to the rights of freedom of expression, assembly and demonstration. Read more »



August 20th, 2012

Canada's new immigration measure and human trafficking

PHR Op-ed: Stanford Daily on August 16, 2012

In a piece for the Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about Canada's new immigration measure and its potential impact on human trafficking. Read more »



June 12th, 2012

War Games Revived in Lebanon

ARD Op-ed

The crisis in Syria has revived sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon, fueling internal divisions reminiscent of the period leading up to the 1970's civil war. Lina Khatib, manager of CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, writes in The Guardian about the recent events and underlying tensions that have escalated conflict between Lebanon's Shia and Sunni communities. Khatib argues that a loss of confidence in state institutions and a weakened leadership makes Lebanon vulnerable to escalated civil strife. Read more »



May 14th, 2012

Can Latin America's democratic transitions serve as an example for Burma?

Op-ed

Michael Albertus, a post-doctoral scholar at CDDRL, co-authored a piece for Foreign Policy's Democracy Lab on the prospects of a democratic transition in Burma. Borrowing historic examples from Chile and Colombia, the authors offer concrete approaches Burma can use to ensure a smoother path towards democracy. Read more »



April 13th, 2012

Will land reform sow peace in Latin America?

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On the eve of the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Scholar Michael Albertus co-authored a piece on the Foreign Policy website suggesting that land reform could help end decades of conflict in Latin America. Both authors suggest that Colombia's Victims Law can serve as a model for good governance across the region, holding the potential to uproot drug problems and improve security for the lives of everyday citizens. Read more »



April 4th, 2012

Restoring Democracy and Peace in Mali

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CDDRL Post-doctoral Scholar Landry Signé comments on the recent military coup in Mali and what it means for the future of one of West Africa's most stable democracies. Read more »



March 8th, 2012

"Where are the Women?" in the Huffington Post

Program on Social Entrepreneurship Op-ed

To commemorate International Women's Day on March 8, Kavita Ramdas and Robin Rogers blog in The Huffington Post about the role of women in the ongoing national debate on healthcare, contraception, and more. Read more »



March 6th, 2012

Will Putin's victory strain U.S.-Russian relations?

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The New York Times on March 5, 2012

In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Kathryn Stoner discusses Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency and what it means for the future of U.S.-Russian relations.




February 24th, 2012

CDDRL scholar cautions against third term for Senegalese president

Op-ed

In an opinion piece for The New York Times, CDDRL postdoctoral scholar Landry Signé discusses Senegal's backsliding democracy and the threat that President Abdoulaye Wade's third presidential bid poses to a country that was once West Africa's most stable. Read more »



February 9th, 2012

Negotiating Assad's final exit

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD Op-ed

In an article for The New Republic's online symposium 'What Should the United States Do About Syria,' Larry Diamond argues that multilateral engagement is the best approach to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read more »



February 6th, 2012

Will human rights dominate the international stage by 2022?

PHR Op-ed

In a piece for Global Brief magazine, Helen Stacy makes predictions about the state of international human rights norms and criminal prosecutions in the year 2022. Read more »



February 4th, 2012

Are the days of web surfing over?

Program on Liberation Technology Op-ed

In an opinion piece for The New York Times on Feb. 4, Evgeny Morozov declares the days of cyberspace exploration over, snuffed out by the world of social media and search engine optimization. Read more »



January 17th, 2012

Lebanon, by the Numbers

ARD Op-ed: New York Times Latitude blog on January 17, 2012

Lebanon’s peculiar brand of democracy, dysfunctional and widely unpopular, is a perennial source of national vexation, debated over Sunday lunches and in the press. Read more »



January 11th, 2012

Stop human trafficking

PHR Op-ed: Stanford Daily on January 11, 2012

Nadejda Marques writes on Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States for the Stanford Daily. Read more »



January 6th, 2012

Stanford's Fukuyama on the decline of the middle class

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, Governance Project Op-ed

In an article for the Jan./Feb. issue of Foreign Affairs, Francis Fukuyama traces the rise of liberal democracy through the 20th century, which led to the growth of the middle class. Read more »



December 8th, 2011

A warning shot for Putin

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed

While Russia's recent parliamentary elections have been mired in accusations of fraud, the electoral results convey a loss for Vladimir Putin's long-standing party. CDDRL Deputy Director Kathryn Stoner-Weiss argues in a piece for Foreign Affairs that the parliamentary results have not diminished the Kremlin's grip on power, and the "super" presidency will continue to reign supreme. Read more »



November 8th, 2011

The kingdom of paradox

ARD Op-ed: Nieman Reports

Visiting Scholar Ahmed Benchemsi discusses the seemingly paradoxic relationship between the independent media and the Moroccan government in two pieces for Harvard's Nieman Reports. Read more »



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