The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

April 24, 2019

Today’s protesters have a leg up on their counterparts from the Arab Spring of 2011. Momentous developments across North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region — as well as the Middle East — is still in its infancy. So too does popular...

In the Middle East, History Threatens to Repeat Itself

July 06, 2018

The crisis in the Middle East offers the West a historic opportunity in the larger struggle with China and Russia for a future international order. If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East. This is a place where the international...

Under Pressure, Egyptian President Promises Change

October 30, 2016

In Egypt, economic hardship and repression are reaching a point where the people are no longer willing the stay silent. Faced with a drop in popularity, intermittent protests against rising prices and calls for a mass anti-government demonstration, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is...

The World Cup and Arab Uprisings Drive Change

October 25, 2016

The legacy of the Arab Uprisings is one that has encouraged a willingness to pose questions, put issues on the table and challenge established norms. Pressured by human rights and trade union activists leveraging Qatar’s exposure as a World Cup host, and influenced by subtle changes sparked by...

Who is to Blame for the Arab World’s Woes?

August 31, 2016

Socioeconomic challenges in the Arab world cannot be attributed either directly or indirectly to the false legacy of Sykes-Picot agreement. From time to time, pundits in and outside the Arab world take on momentous themes and begin the process of analyzing, synthesizing and opining so thoroughly...

Bringing Reconciliation to Bahrain



Reform in Tunisia: Overhauling the Education System

September 09, 2014

Reforming an education system will not occur overnight, but change is desperately needed in Tunisia. As a researcher, what’s the first thing you do when you land in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Uprisings? You talk about politics, of course. My Tunisian taxi driver tells me not much has...

The Youth of the Middle East: Looking for Change

September 05, 2014

The Middle East is more than just bombs and bullets. I recall hearing a professor who once said that “nothing interesting happens in the Middle East.” Ironically, his comment came in November 2010, a month before Arab youth rose up and demanded change, triggering an unprecedented wave of...

Post-Uprising Arms Proliferation is Destabilizing the Middle East

February 20, 2014

Arms proliferation is further destabilizing the Middle East and North Africa. In recent years, as order in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) eroded between uprisings and armed conflicts, the desire for arms amongst a wide range of actors became one more destabilizing factor in the...

Tunisia’s Democratization: Learning from the Disasters of Others

January 30, 2014

The Tunisian democratization process is an outcome of negative developments in Arab states. Once again, Tunisia is now considered to be the democratic frontrunner in the Arab world as well as the last remaining hope of the Arab Spring. Its new constitution, passed by the National Constituent...

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