Monthly Access December 2011 (Issue 23)
Monthly Access is the online magazine of ACCESS, the AIIA's network for students and young professionals.
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Message from the Editor
Welcome for the final issue of MA for 2011. This month's issue looks at Democracy and the Arab Spring. As one of the major events of 2011, the Arab Spring represented a hopeful moment for democrats in the Middle East. However, as the months rolled on, the Arab Spring has settled into mixed results. While largely successful in their uprising against the established regimes in these countries, focus has now turned to the questions whether democracy will be the ultimate result.
Global Snapshot – December edition
By Rachel Hankey
The December issue of Global Snapshot, which brings current international issues and news from around the world. November saw the economic turmoil in the Euro zone claim two Prime Ministers and a G20 summit sominated by economic concerns, as well as an ASEAN summit that brings Burma's regime out of the wilderness, as well as continued aftershocks of the Arab Spring in Syria and Yemen.
Q&A with Natalie Sambhi and Nic Jenzen-Jones, editors of Security Scholar
Interviewed by Roselina Press
Security Scholar is an Australian website which covers security, defence and foreign policy issues concerning Australia, Southeast Asia and Afghanistan. Natalie Sambhi, the website’s founding editor, is a Hedley Bull Scholar in International relations and a Masters graduate of the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. Co-editor Nic Jenzen-Jones is a freelance writer and a corporate liaison specialist for the private security and defence industries.
Control of Industry and Now Politics by the Egyptian Military
By Sharna de Lacy
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has been ruling Egypt since the negotiated resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February 2011. While attracting initial pubic support, the military has attracted much criticism its for lingering political role, authoritarian practices and resistance to genuine democratic reform.
The Role of Egyptian Women in the Arab Spring
By Katherine Hauser
The dust has settled on the Arab Spring uprisings, and it is important to now reflect on the diversity among participants, the demands put forward and the opportunities and risks of democratic transition. This article will explore achievements and the challenges faced by Egyptian women during the Arab Spring and the transitional period.
Event Report: Citizen Diplomacy
On Tuesday 8th November, Global Dialogue Foundation joined ACCESS at Dyason House to present an event entitled, "Citizen Diplomacy: How Ordinary People can Change the World."
Q&A with HE James Michel, President of the Seychelles
Interviewed by Francis Ventura
HE James Michel has been President of the Seychelles since 2004, having previously served as Vice President from 1996 to 2004. Mr Michel was in Australia for the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Perth from 28-30 October 2011. Mr Michel speaks about the Diamond Jubilee Fund, the role of the Commonwealth in addressing development issues, and the challenges faced by small developing countries in balancing development and sustainability, in an international order designed by and for much larger nations.
Values and culture in Arab Democracy
By Andrew Romanin
A democracy is only as good as the values and culture that inform its participants.This fact is taken for granted in established democracy, but can become a vital force in countries that are transitioning to democracy.
The Bumpy Road to Democracy
By Nicholas Clarke
At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukayama infamously claimed political development had reached its zenith – encapsulated in his seminal work ‘The End of History’. With authoritarian regimes toppling across the Eastern Bloc, the argument over political systems was over, and democracy had won the battle of ideas. It would be only a matter of time before western democracy would emerge worldwide.
Arab Spring Falters as an Icy Chill Returns
By Amal Varghese
The last eleven months have blown winds of change across the Arab world not seen since the end of colonial rule. Syria, Bahrain, Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Yemen and Iran have all been affected in some way or another.
The Arab Spring: Call me a pessimist but…
By Benjamin Moles
Thinking of spring evokes images of new beginnings and hope: a transition from the cold recesses and darkness of winter to an awakening and optimism before summer.
The transformations apparent in the seasonal change from winter to spring seem somewhat missing in retrospect from the so called Arab-Spring. One must remember the adage ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer’ and ask what has really changed. Is the 'Arab-Spring' not just been a blindly optimistic term conjured up for a couple of warm days in July?