Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Myanmar's Astute Foreign Policy, the Challenge of Egyptian Democracy, Resurgence of the Far-Right, War in Niger Delta Would Serve Nobody, Guyana's Oil Bonanza

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Myanmar's Astute Foreign Policy, the Challenge of Egyptian Democracy, Resurgence of the Far-Right, War in Niger Delta Would Serve Nobody, Guyana's Oil Bonanza

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The Hindu / Chennai, India

Myanmar's astute foreign policy

"The National League for Democracy government in Myanmar, which has been in office for less than half a year, has carefully charted out a balanced and astute foreign policy under the Foreign Minister, Aung San Suu Kyi...," writes Rajiv Bhatia, a former ambassador to Myanmar (Burma). "On all substantial matters, the nation and the international community look to Ms. Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the government, to articulate Myanmar's goals and plans.... Diplomacy teaches leaders how to accommodate other people's problems. 'A foreign policy that is based on getting our own way is not much of a foreign policy,' said [Aung San Suu Kyi], indicating that her Myanmar would follow a pragmatic foreign policy, imbued with an enlightened vision of her nation's place in the region."

Daily News / Cairo

The challenge of Egyptian democracy

"The only authentic attempt to establish democracy in Egypt - the revolt against [former President Hosni] Mubarak in 2011 - was a complete failure...," writes Mohammed Nosseir, a liberal politician in Egypt. "Egyptians, by nature, have an authoritarian mind-set. Living in an authoritarian country for a good few decades has led a large portion of society to believe that authoritarianism is the only functioning ruling mechanism.... Even assuming that the demands of political activists are authentic, after over half a century of authoritarian rule, Egypt could not realistically, in a few short months, become a genuinely democratic nation.... In conclusion, democracy is not a switch that can be turned on by revolts, thereby converting the entire nation from an authoritarian mechanism to a democratic one. It is a technical political process, entailing art and science."

Kathimerini / Athens

Resurgence of the far-right

"It appears that the people of the German Province of Pomerania have revolted by voting for the far-right Alternative for Germany party...," states an editorial. "The fact is that the Pomeranians carry special weight in the local German political scene and their behavior in [the recent] elections is being attributed to [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel's migration policy. …

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