Freedom Square special contributor Michael Murphy looks at the many challenges facing Venezuela’s new president and the prospects for change.
In honor of those who are fighting for freedom in both Cuba and Venezuela, and often paying a high price for their courage, we posed the following questions to two of our special contributors: How dependent is Cuba on Venezuela and vice versa? And what does this interdependence mean for Cuban freedom? Special Contributor Michael Murphy offers his take on the question.
On June 14 Iranians chose a popular “moderate” as president, leading to the question of whether the outcome is evidence that Iran is on a path toward liberalization. Sayyid Hassan Rowhani, a mid-ranking cleric and PhD, trumped his five conservative competitors with an impressive first round victory, giving his supporters hope for more social freedoms, political openness, and a chance to strengthen the economy by reconfiguring Iran’s relationship with the rest of the world. While he almost certainly would not have been the popular choice in a free and fair election, where any man or woman could run for office, he was more in line with most Iranians than the other seven candidates hand-picked by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.