In the spotlight

July 2015, Bouhania Goui
In the light of growing security threats at home and abroad Algerian Professor Bouhania Goui examines the military’s role and its overlapping with the political workings of government.
June 2015, Nayla Moussa
The battle of Qalamoun, a mountainous region of Syria along the border with Lebanon, was announced by Hassan Nasrallah in February 2015. Beginning the first week of May, Nasrallah declared victory on May 16, arguing that Hezbollah intervened to liberate Lebanese land from “Takfiri fighters”.
May 2015, Ahmed Abd Rabou
Since July 2013 Egypt has been without a parliament after its election laws were ruled unconstitutional and in the interim gives full legislative control to the president.
Azza Kamel Maghur, lawyer and writer, examines the UN Support Mission in Libya and argues that all sides must recognise that political dialogue is the only solution to put their country back on the road to stability.
For the political transitions underway in the Arab world, different lessons may be drawn from experiences of countries that have passed through democratic transitions.
Despite the passage of more than three years since the outbreak of the revolution in Egypt, attempts to reform police and military institutions – or to develop democratic civilian rule – have not borne the desired fruit.
Despite the passage of more than three years since the outbreak of the revolution in Egypt, attempts to reform police and military institutions – or to develop democratic civilian rule – have not borne the desired fruit.
April 2014, Michael Robbins
A recent analysis of three public opinion surveys conducted as part of the Arab Barometer from 2006 to 2013 reveals that only a minority of citizens have positive evaluations of the government or the state of democracy in their country.