Upon its release in 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers” became an instant art-house sensation and garnered three Academy Award nominations. Since then, it has been both the subject of controversy and commendation. The film was banned in France in the 1960s because of its graphic violence and screened at the Pentagon in 2003 because it was…
Amr Hamzawy is a visiting scholar at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and an associate professor of political science at Cairo University. Before arriving at Stanford, Hamzawy played critical roles in the Egyptian political scene, both during and after the Arab Spring — including a term in the first parliament elected after Egypt’s 2011 revolution.
Other than sharing headlines for the past couple of weeks, the crisis over ISIS and the Hong Kong protests seem like very disparate situations. However, recently, it was revealed that the protests had been planned in April by Department of State-related interests. Thus, if true, both can be seen as chapters in a very different narrative: the United States’ often-counterproductive efforts to spread democracy across the world.
Author’s note/correction: While the Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances (1994) include promises by Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom to refrain from the use or threat of force against Ukraine’s sovereignty, they do not explicitly compel the United States to protect Ukraine’s borders, as Budapest negotiator Steven Pifer explains. The piece below implies…
Together with Larry Diamond, Khatib authored an article last month in The Atlantic making the case for greater American and international involvement.
Diamond’s work as a democracy advocate inspired the recently released documentary “A Whisper to a Roar,” which explores the personal stories of democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, spoke Monday at Stanford Law School on the “fundamental” flaws in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In the talk, titled, “Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace: Why International Law Matters,” Falk expressed his pessimism at the possibility of peace emerging from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in its current form.
Undergraduate and graduate students alike gathered on Wednesday evening to kick off the official meeting of the Arab Studies Table, a new interdisciplinary forum that aims to “be an opportunity to present research, debate issues on the Arab world and engage with outside speakers visiting Stanford.”