In the spotlight

September 2014, Fathi Ali, Michael Robbins
Drawing from an Arab Barometer survey undertaken in March and April 2014, Fathi Ali and Michael Robbins document the evolution of Libyans’ opinions on their country’s institutions, desired political system, and their self-perception in relation to other regional and global actors.
September 2014, Félix Legrand
As calls emerge for cooperation with the Assad regime to help roll back the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Felix Legrand argues that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only actor in the conflict with the capacity and local legitimacy to defeat ISIS in Syria.
September 2014, Dina El Khawaga
How is Sisi building his basis for legitimacy in Egypt one year on from the popularly-backed coup?
August 2014, Nadine Abdalla
In July 2014, the Egyptian government announced reductions in fuel subsidies as a first step in a framework to end the subsidy system. Now is the time to set the foundations for a new social contract. The state needs community structures, such as trade unions, that can manage social conflict. Affected social sectors need ways in which to express their anger and represent their interests in a sustained and focussed manner in order to successfully pressure the authorities.
This e-book from the Arab Reform Initiative features ten essays addressing the challenges of constitutional reform during times of political transition.
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.
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.