"Democracy is not a given. It's something you have to constantly fight for."

This week, Cengiz Guenay, JHU SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Visiting Scholar, shares critical lessons from his research on the rise of authoritarianism and populism.

How can regional developments teach us about global shifts around the corner? What trends do we see? And what is the role of historical alongside contemporary comparison?

Learn more in this week's Four Minute Foreign Policy interview, concluding our two-part i...

"Regimes react to societal developments, rather than triggering them," says JHU SAIS Foreign Policy Institute Visiting Scholar Cengiz Guenay. In this week's Four Minute Foreign Policy interview, we explore the lessons he has drawn from the region, with implications for developing regions worldwide.

What can Turkey and MENA (the Middle East and North Africa) generally teach us about state reactions to foreign intervention? To what extent do religion and culture make states' reactions unique? What...

If you went back in time for about three decades, any talk of Africa as an investment destination would have earned you mocking laughter and a raft of dismissals even in the highest levels of political and economic thought.

After decades of European colonialism and independence struggles, African nations still had to contend with the birthing pains of new socio-political orders that arrived in the wake of newly installed regimes which remained deeply tied to their former colonizers.

The Cold War d...

When Jeffrey Singer, former President of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), sat down with senior Dubai-based executives from 15 of the world’s largest banks for a breakfast meeting a few months ago, he asked them a simple question: “what is on your mind?”

The answer was unanimous: Africa.

“They were all pursuing deals in Africa, and all wanted to know how we could support them,” Singer said. “They see significant deal flow in Africa, in mining, agriculture, infrastructure, telecommun...

June 19, 2014

Appealing to hearts and minds in Africa on his recent visit (May 2014), Chinese premier Li Keqiang pledged that his country would boost living standards in Africa with announcements of $12 billion for the region,[1] and help Africa to realize the dream of connecting all of its national capitals by rail.

While Li’s announcements grabbed the media headlines, students of foreign policy and global governance would have noticed that other important changes in China’s approach to Africa were signalled...

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