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Egypt Inching its way down to Democracy

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Jais Mehaji on June 16, 2011

Although the Arab Spring movement started in Tunisia, as I discussed earlier this week, the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt was the year’s most stunning development. As the most influential and populous nation in the Arab world, Egypt, both in times of war and peace, has often played a leadership role in the region. The political changes happening in Egypt will certainly reverberate strongly in the region. Now it is turning to the even-harder task of establishing an enduring democracy, which if successful, will set a standard for its neighbors.

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What We Can Learn from Puerto Rico

Posted on What's New Jais Mehaji on June 15, 2011

Yesterday, President Obama made a historic visit to the American territory of Puerto Rico; the first time a U.S president visited the island for an official state visit since JFK in 1961. Despite the fact that residents of Puerto Rico are U.S citizens and serve in the U.S. military in high percentages, they cannot vote in presidential general elections. President Obama’s visit to Puerto Rico provides an opportunity to consider its non-winner-take-all electoral rules that contribute to high turnout -- merit more national attention.

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Tunisia Moves towards Fair Elections

Posted on What's New Arab Spring Series, Jais Mehaji on June 09, 2011

This post examines the democratic prospects for post-revolutionary Tunisia, as its government delays election date to October.

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