The Twilight of the American World - Journal of International Affairs, Columbia University

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09 May 2022
The Twilight of the American World - Journal of International Affairs, Columbia University https://jia.sipa.columbia.edu/online-articles/twilight-american-world

Eric Davis in The New Middle East: The Twilight of the Dictators: The End of Authoritarianism as We Know It in the Contemporary Middle East

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23 October 2021
On October 3rd, Iraq held parliamentary elections.  Although the results were not officially announced until October 17th, many analysts, both Iraqi and foreign, were quick to decry the results.  In particular, they pointed to the Shi’a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s party to win an estimated 73 seats in Iraq’s 329 member parliament and the elections’ low turnout rate, between 38 and 41%.  However, were the elections really the failure that many analysts would have us believe? 

Eric Davis in The New Middle East: : The Killing of Qasem Suleimani and Iraq’s October Revolution: What Western Analysts Aren’t Telling You But What You Need to Know

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30 January 2020
The unexpected killing of Qasem Suleimani came as a shock. What is likewise a shock is the narrowly construed discussion of the meaning and ramifications of his killing by analysts in the West. Rather than situate Suleimani’s killing in a historical context, or broader political and economic processes in the MENA region, the discussion has largely focused on personalities, remaining descriptive rather than explanatory.

Eric Davis in The New Middle East: Youth and Building a New Iraq: The Iraq Public Leadership Program

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29 April 2019
In its seventh year, the Iraq Pubic Leadership Program (IPLP) trains young Iraqi middle-career managers, NGO, and think tank members, and government employees over a period of 10 months in principles of social entrepreneurship, impact investing, rule of law, and conflict resolution strategies. Most important of all, it helps develop critical thinking skills. I was privileged to have been invited to participate in this year’s IPLP which included 30 remarkable Iraqi youth leaders.

Ecaterina Locoman in the Washington Post: Moldovans vote on Sunday. Here’s the man to watch.

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23 February 2019
On Sunday, Moldova will be holding parliamentary elections. Most observers will likely analyze this as a referendum on whether the Eastern European nation orients itself toward the West or toward Russia – and since the pro-Russian Socialists are likely to win power, will conclude that Russia has won its loyalty. But the election’s main effect will be to cement and legitimize oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc’s total controlover the country’s political life.

Eric Davis in The New Middle East: The Great Betrayal: 10 Destructive Consequences of Trump’s Withdrawal of US Troops from Syria

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31 December 2018
The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw US troops from Syria represents a  foreign-policy decision which will have a negative impact not only on the MENA region but far beyond.  At first glance, one might be asked why withdrawing 2,200 American troops from Syria should be framed in such a negative light?  Unfortunately, this decision reflects much more than a simple drawdown of troops in Syria. What will be the ramifications of Trump’s decision?
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