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David Mednicoff

David Mednicoff

Former Research Fellow, The Dubai Initiative



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Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

January 30, 2011

The wrong friends

Magazine or Newspaper Article, The Boston Globe

By David Mednicoff, Former Research Fellow, The Dubai Initiative

For decades, American policy in the Arab world has rested on the assumption that secular governments are better.

In a region prone to religious violence and sorely lacking in democratic government, the thinking goes, it is secular regimes that hold the most promise for change, and have been the easiest for us to support. Though perhaps never stated in such simple terms, this thinking underlies much of our diplomacy and analysis of a volatile and strategically important region.



January 18, 2011

A Conversation About Tunisia

Media Feature

By David Mednicoff, Former Research Fellow, The Dubai Initiative

Tunisia's interim leaders have announced a new government, following the ouster of President Zine Ben Ali amid massive street protests. WFCR's Bob Paquette discusses the situation in Tunisia with David Mednicoff, Dubai Initiative Research Fellow and Acting Director of the Social Thought and Political Economy Program at UMass-Amherst.

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