Don’t forget to read previous posts on this topic.
Most of the following articles are part of a series looking back at the Arab Spring 5 years later. Going chronologically by when they appeared…
Iran is holding elections this week. Are they a democracy, and if so of what sort? Do they meet the terms of the resolution?
The question of the role of sectarianism arises in many places in the Middle East.
Is democracy the answer?
Ask the Aff: Is a coup justified to support democracy?
Does affirming the resolution’s call for democracy require modern norms? If modern norms (in this case, regarding women) are not present, is democracy possible?
This article about the Varieties of Democracy project/web site mentions different types of democracies – an important consideration with this resolution. What I can’t find on the web site is definitions of the different types. They have a codebook, but it’s massive and didn’t seem to have the definitions concisely stated. (If you poke around the site and find the definitions, let me know.)
In the following article, Roger Cohen writes a speech he’d like to hear Obama give. Page 2 is the good stuff for this resolution.
Another question to ask an Aff: Should we pursue regime change in the Middle East? This is a bit of a tangential question, explored by the NYT’s Room for Debate series. The link takes you to the topic page; there are five articles connected to it. (I don’t have pdf files for these.)