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...

Tunisia: New Government, Old Ways?

January 08, 2014

Tunisia’s government reshuffling promises to change little for the country's impoverished population. About a year ago, in Los Angeles, I asked Jaco, a Tunisian-Jewish friend, for his thoughts on the post-Ben Ali Tunisian political situation. He thought about it for a second and summed...

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 2/2)

November 07, 2013

In the absence of other alternatives, Islamists were elected by default. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Fair Observer’s Middle East Editor, Manuel Langendorf, speaks to Mhamed Biygautane from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government in Dubai — a renowned...

Political Islam: Revival or Crisis? (Part 1/2)

October 22, 2013

In the absence of other alternatives, Islamists were elected by default. This is the first of a two part series. Political Islam is among the most controversially discussed issues in the Middle East and North Africa. While modern Islamist political thought traces its origin back to a rejection of...