In this video, Syria expert Joshua Landis and Syrian activist Ausama Monajed have a lively discussion on Bloggingheads.tv about how things are unfolding in Syria.
In general, Monajed is far more optimistic than Landis that Assad’s regime will eventually crumble without devolving into a civil war. One key factor he argues will be getting European countries to stop importing Syria’s heavy crude oil, which is a major source of revenue for the government.
As the left increasingly focuses on electoral politics, a new framework is emerging for how candidates who win should partner with social movements.
As autocrats become savvier in using technology to repress dissent, activists are striving to preserve the benefits of digital activism and mitigate the risks.
Environmental activist Evgeniya Chirikova once helped save a forest in Moscow. Now she’s trying to give voice to Russian activists and journalists resisting Putin’s regime.