The Coming Elections in Zimbabwe: Hysterical Headlines and Happy Losers

Zimbabwe’s Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed three and a half years ago, a month after Barack Obama was sworn in. It is difficult to reach a thumbs up or down appraisal of the GNU before its final chapter is written. The brutal election of 2008 that preceded the GNU was the nadir in […]

Political Science and the New Arab Public Sphere

Marc Lynch, George Washington University Marc Lynch is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. His work on the new Arab public sphere includes his books Voices of the New Arab Public (Columbia UP, 2006) and The Arab Uprising (PublicAffairs, 2012). With his featured blog and as […]

Democracy in Mali: A True Festival of Robbers

The political crisis in Mali, precipitated by a military coup d’état on 22 March that toppled the country’s increasingly unpopular president, Amadou Toumani Touré (popularly known as ATT), continues to deepen. Up until the coup, Mali had long been regarded as a bastion of democracy in an otherwise volatile region. Several observers of Malian politics […]