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April 3rd, 2012

Historic summit to convene leaders of the new Middle East at Stanford

The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford will host its inaugural conference April 10 to 14, convening exceptional young leaders together to share their ideas, seed potential collaborations and inspire the world. Read more »



January 23rd, 2012

Stanford scholars reflect on Arab Spring

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD News

A year after the Egyptian uprising, five scholars talk about democracy in the Middle East, how lives have changed in the Arab world, and what the U.S. has learned from the Arab Spring. Read more »



November 1st, 2011

Stanford's Weinstein reflects on shaping Obama's foreign policy

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, CISAC in the news

After two years as President Barack Obama’s director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, Jeremy Weinstein is back at Stanford as an associate professor of political science. Read more »



October 17th, 2011

Morocco: A dictatorship in disguise

ARD in the news: The Stanford Daily on October 14, 2011

On October 13, Ahmed Benchemsi opened the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law's weekly seminar series for the 2011-12 academic year with a rousing presentation on the illusion of democracy in Morocco. Benchemsi a Moroccan journalist and visiting scholar with the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, provided an overview of the Moroccan monarchy's calculating tactics to insulate itself from the surrounding events of the Arab Spring. Read more »



July 19th, 2011

Syrian doctors who torture must be banned

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD Op-ed: Al Jazeera on July 19, 2011

In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Rajaie Batniji uncovers the role of medical professionals involved in acts of torture. With a lens to the unrest in Syria, Batniji calls for an international body to identify, monitor, and disqualify those complicit in torture and genocide. Read more »



June 20th, 2011

Morocco: The king faces the temptation to repress

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD Op-ed: Libération on June 15, 2011

CDDRL consulting professor Hicham Ben Abdallah wrote a new piece for the French daily Libération on the state of the democratic movement in Morocco as it enters a defining period this summer. While the king has promised a revised constitution, Ben Abdallah argues that it is largely a superficial gesture holding no true intentions of reform. Ben Abdallah warns that the monarchy cannot continue to repress the forces of change unleashed by the February 20th movement but must meet these demands with concrete political change. Read more »



May 25th, 2011

The Arab Spring brings regional experts to Stanford

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD News

As a new era of democratic change swept across the Arab world this year, the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law hosted two conferences to examine the Arab Spring. Read more »




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