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

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

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)...

Closing the Gaps: Nepal’s Marginalized Communities

Closing the Gaps: Nepal’s Marginalized Communities

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

Nepal: The Long Road Ahead

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...

The Middle East: Fighting for Women’s Rights

The Middle East: Fighting for Women’s Rights

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

Zimbabwe’s New Constitution: One Step Closer To Normalization

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?

Morsi: How Valid is the Criticism Against the President?

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

Stones and Ballots: A Tourist in Egypt

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

The Constitution Battle: Demythologizing Egypt

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....

Zimbabwe Four Years On: Heading in the Right Direction?

Zimbabwe Four Years On: Heading in the Right Direction?

The Zimbabwean power sharing agreement of 2008 was hailed as a stepping stone to future improvements in this troubled country. But four years on, changes have occurred in Zimbabwe. Now to Africa and the world, the question that remains is whether the country is heading in the right...

Operation ‘X’: Law Or No Law

Operation ‘X’: Law Or No Law

Why the Indian government did have the right to hang terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab. The hanging of Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab brought to closure a violent chapter of the terrorist attack which shocked Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, on 26 November, 2008. 26/11 became India’s...

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