arab spring

Reprinted from the CPD Blog by Javad Rad (Apr 20, 2015)

Like Joyeux Noël (2005), The Last Samurai (2003), and The Pianist (2002), Tangerines is a war film about enemy soldiers who become friends after they are forced to interact with one another. The point is to highlight the various reasons why people fight, and then to show why these reasons are inadequate. [...] The film is a passionate plea for diplomacy and coexistence. Urushadze creates a cinematic world where enemy soldiers can lay down their weapons and have a conversation.

Price and Thrall both pointed out that millennials are not just the largest generation in the United States, but the largest in many regions of strategic interest to the U.S. […] “How American millennials respond to that is going to be one of the defining features of American foreign policy for the next fifty years,” Thrall said.

This new article by Marwa Fikry Abdel Samei, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in Egypt, examines Facebook messages written and disseminated by the European Union to assesses the EU's perception of and position towards Egypt as the Arab Spring unfolded. 

More military and diplomatic support for Arab dictators not only keeps damaging the U.S.’ image among democratically-oriented Sunnis, but also fans the fire raging in the hearts and minds of the Shia population.

Shia women protest the Sunni dictatorship in Bahrain

Javad Rad says the U.S. is "betting on the wrong horse" in the Middle East.

The first neutrodyne radio receiver, 1923

Ilan Manor puts digital diplomacy in context.

Harvard University's Distinguished Service Professor Nye is a political scientist who coined the concept "soft power" -- a kind of power that has the ability to attract rather than coerce, and that has been widely used by Turkish decision-makers to highlight the country's appeal as a modern Muslim democracy. Nye is despondent over Turkey's current direction and believes that cracking down on dissent has a negative impact on Turkey's most significant weapon: soft power.