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Recent Event: On February 10th, POMED hosted a panel discussion called “After the Uprisings: U.S. Policy in a Changing Middle East.” The discussion featured Larry Diamond, Tom Malinowski, and Mona Yacoubian. You can see a video from the event, as well as POMED’s full notes, here.
POMED is pleased to announce the launch of its new Policy Brief Series. Check out our newest brief on the UN Human Rights Council by Brookings scholars Ted Piccone and Emily Alinikoff, here. You can read briefs on the Tunisian uprising here and on U.S.-Egyptian relations here. Click here to receive future briefs via email.
POMED now offers the Egypt Daily Update, an email roundup of English and Arabic news on democracy and human rights in Egypt. To sign up, click here.
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Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Prince Hassan bin Talal of Jordan at POMED-sponsored conference in Amman.
Dr. Michele Dunne and Dr. Tarik Yousef discuss US- Libya relations and prospects for reform at a POMED panel.
The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the United States can best support that process.  Through dialogue, research, and advocacy, we work to strengthen the constituency for U.S. policies that peacefully support democratic reform in the Middle East.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a growing recognition that democratic reform in the Middle East should be viewed not merely as a valuable goal, in keeping with American values and human rights, but also as a strategic priority. U.S. interests are best served by a strong relationship with the people of the Middle East, and that requires a basic recognition of their legitimate aspirations for democratic rights.
Today, the challenge of encouraging more open, democratic, and law-based societies in the Middle East remains as pressing as ever. There is a compelling need to rigorously examine America’s actual and potential impact on political reform in the region; to foster constructive dialogue among academics and activists, policymakers and practitioners, Americans and Middle Easterners; to identify clearly the parameters of legitimate, constructive democracy support in the Middle East; and to empower the coalition of actors supporting policies consistent with those principles.
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