Human Rights

  • Article // Nov 19, 2014
    Charles W. Dunne
    In 2011 President Obama laid out a bold vision of future American policy toward the Middle East. Speaking at the State Department, he extolled the wave of political change sweeping over the region and pledged that “it will be the policy of the United States to promote reform across the region and to support transitions to democracy.” In combination with his 2009 speech in Cairo, in which he seemingly laid the groundwork for a new relationship between the United States and the Arab world, Obama raised expectations for a progressive approach toward democracy in the region.
  • Establishing standards of and preserving human rights are of particular concern in many MENA countries, as large volumes of refugees and internally displaced persons populate the region.