Eager to promote their distinct worldviews, powerful nations like the United States, China and Russia spend billions on international radio, TV and the internet. However, much of this public diplomacy falls on deaf ears.That’s largely the case for the U.S.
Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense.
During the revolution in Egypt, Muslims and Christians united to oust the government of President Hosni Mubarak. Many believed it was the beginning of a new Egypt where Coptic Christians would not feel marginalized by the Muslim majority.Since then, a crack has formed in their united front.
One aspect of the current Middle East revolutions that has received a lot of attention is the role new media and the arts have played in unifying people and setting the narrative of the so called “Arab Spring.” And Egypt is no exception.Aymen Mohamed Hussein is executive director for production for
On Saturday, Egyptians will vote in a historic referendum that will be the first real test of the country’s transition to democracy. They’ll be voting on a series of amendments to the nation’s constitution. Proposed amendments include limiting presidential terms to two fo