Inger Dyrnes

Inger is a freelance writer and researcher with a MSc in Public Policy and Human Development from the UNU-Merit and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. She graduated from the American University in Cairo and the University of Bergen with a BA in Arabic studies in 2008 and has worked with the Norwegian embassy in Cairo and as a researcher on youth policy for an NGO in Brussels. She is currently a fellow with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany.

From Revolution to Elections: Are Youth Excluded?

Youth movements may not find themselves in a direct position to steer Egyptian politics after the upcoming presidential elections, but will play a key role in the future if they are given the chance to organise. The first round of the Egyptian presidential elections begins on May 23. Free and fair elections would indeed represent a milestone in the political upheaval that began over one year... Continue Reading

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The Future of Democracy Assistance

The theories that justify democracy assistance to transitioning countries have remained unchallenged for almost 50 years. In light of the recent upheaval in the Arab world, a revision is long overdue. Public policies and aid directed at promoting democracy on foreign soil have been implemented for the majority of the 20th century. At present, when political upheaval in the Arab world has... Continue Reading

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New EU Initiative to Combat Youth Unemployment

In the wake of the global financial crisis and the ongoing European debt crisis, yet another category of marginalised citizens emerges. Steadily growing rates of youth unemployment in the European Union have become an urgent concern for policymakers as 5m labour market participants between the age of 15 and 24 are currently unemployed. This is one million more than in 2008 and the overall... Continue Reading

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Islamist Majority in the Egyptian Parliament: Will It Matter?

An insight into the first round victory for Islamist parties in the Egyptian parliamentary elections. This week, the second of three rounds of voting commenced to fill the seats of the People’s Assembly (PA) of Egypt, which is the lower house of the bicameral parliament. The first round, which started on November 28, brought a sweeping victory to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom... Continue Reading

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