In the spotlight

The political wrangling behind the scenes of the Tunisian presidential elections is dissected by Hamadi Redissi and Hafedh Chekir in this paper.
February 2015 , Dina El Khawaga
Read ARI Program Director, Dina El Khawaga’s personal analysis of the current problems facing Egypt. Examining the current regime she finds remarkable similarities with the past.
February 2015 , Abdulnasser Al-Ayed
Abdulnasser Al-Ayed, playwright and writer proposes in his article the idea of a Syrian National Army. This he sees is the only real solution for the conflict that is being fought more and more between three opposing groups - the Assad regime, extremist Islamist forces that seek the establishment of a religious Sunni state in which the role of minorities would remain secondary, and the national democracy movement.
February 2015
“53% of the residents of opposition-held Aleppo would accept the de Mistura truce initiative under any circumstances”
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.