Correcting the Course of Libya’s Revolution (Part 1/2)

February 06, 2014

Libya's elected parliament became a base where different factions manipulated other arms of the state. Libya is sliding deeper into instability. The joyous and hopeful atmosphere which encircled the 2012 elections for a transitional parliament – the General National Congress (GNC)...

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...

Closing the Gaps: Nepal’s Marginalized Communities

January 12, 2014

Nepal’s constitution-making process has received limited participation from women and ethnic minorities. With a voter turnout of 70%, a new sense of optimism has emerged following Nepal’s November 19 elections — an exercise in reconciliation and democracy that held the potential...

Nepal: The Long Road Ahead

January 05, 2014

Political and social reforms in Nepal are likely to bring initial insecurity.  Background The year 2006 marked the end of the decade-long civil war in Nepal and the abolition of the monarchy. In the April 2008 elections, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) emerged as the largest party...

Morocco: No Democracy Without Guaranteeing Individual Liberties

June 05, 2013

Kacem El Ghazzali, a well-known atheist Moroccan blogger, analyzes different campaigns to promote individual freedoms in Morocco, what impact the constitutional changes had, and what the country needs. Today, we are talking about instilling the values of democracy and human rights, going beyond...

The Middle East: Fighting for Women’s Rights

May 29, 2013

After playing a major role in the Arab Spring and other regional reform movements, women are still fighting to ensure their rights and improve their societal status in the Middle East and North Africa. Background As we witness a pattern of sexual violence against women in the Middle East and...

Zimbabwe’s New Constitution: One Step Closer To Normalization

April 07, 2013

Zimbabwe’s new constitution has been approved in a democratic referendum. But what does this mean for the country’s future? Zimbabweans approved a new constitution making another step toward normalization. The new constitution was an important part of the 2008 power sharing agreement...

Morsi: How Valid is the Criticism Against the President?

March 05, 2013

The Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being heavily criticized. However, the complicated situation in Egypt urges the observer to take a closer look. Stephan Roll scrutinizes the five most important points of criticism. First: Morsi Placed Himself Above the Law Last November, Mohammed...

Stones and Ballots: A Tourist in Egypt

February 12, 2013

Will Lynch reflects on his recent trip to Egypt, and argues that it is time for Egyptians to realize the world will come back to them when they put down the stones and pick up their ballots. During December’s constitutional referendum in Egypt, I was among the relative handful of tourists...

The Constitution Battle: Demythologizing Egypt

January 16, 2013

A new phase of political conflict between the Islamist-bloc and the pro-civil state bloc has been launched in Egypt. The emergence of this phase is based on the results of the battles in the street, polling stations and in political headquarters; the result will be decisive for all parties....

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