Project on Middle East Democracy

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 06:57
The Center for New American Security (CNAS) released a report titled where they produce a detailed assessment of the efficacy and implications of the growing American security assistance apparatus, offering recommendations and improvements for future strategic military cooperation.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 07:05
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations released its draft Fiscal Year 2016 appropriations bill on Tuesday. The bill includes a number of notable provisions for the Middle East, particularly for Egypt. Most notably, the bill removes democracy conditions on assistance to Egypt that were included in the FY15 Appropriations Act.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 05:32
The FY16 budget demonstrates a welcome effort to regularize U.S. assistance mechanisms rather than continuing to rely on ad hoc and reactive funding instruments.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:57
• A failure to institute reforms has led Bahrain’s main opposition groups to boycott upcoming elections, undercutting the legitimacy of a parliament that, in any case, has little power. • The Bahraini government has unleashed another crackdown on activists, shutting down the space for opposition in the lead up to the election. • The ongoing repression of peaceful opposition increases the potential for violent groups to exploit widespread disillusionment and take the lead in opposing the government. • The government’s use of sectarian rhetoric to discredit the Shia opposition has also created fertile ground for the growth of Sunni extremism. • The U.S. should speak out against the imprisonment of peaceful activists, which adds to long-term security risks, and should be flagged in the important bilateral dialogue by defense officials as well as by diplomats.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 08:16
From examining the trajectory of U.S. assistance to the Middle East and North Africa over the past several years, there is little evidence to suggest that support for democracy, governance, and human rights is now any higher of a priority for the U.S. government than it had been before the uprisings of 2011.