In the spotlight

06/02/2015
The re-establishment of security is an essential condition to the restoration of trust between different sections of society after a conflict. In such contexts, the reconstruction of security institutions is a major issue in diverse societies. Focussing on Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, the project aims to: Analyse the governance of security institutions and their behaviour; Define the bases on which these institutions can be restructured as well as the link between politics and security; Reflect on the organisation of the post-conflict political transition and determine the provisional or permanent measures to implement in the security sphere.
July 2015, Nacer Djabi
The violent incidents of July 2015 in the Ghardaia province of Algeria, which caused the death of over twenty citizens, were not the first of their kind and will, unfortunately, probably not be the last, if the same deep-rooted problems that caused them persist. For the fight, between the Amazigh-speaking Bani Mzab and Arab Bedouin from various branches of the Chaamba tribe, is the result of economic, social, and political tensions that have provoked intense ethnic and sectarian polarisation in a region historically known for harmonious coexistence.
July 2015, Hanin Ghaddar
As sanctions against Iran are lifted in the new US-led deal, its support of Hezbollah in Syria remains unanswered. Hanin Ghaddar, Managing Editor of 'NOW English' the online Lebanese-based news channel, examines Hezbollah’s role in the Syria and questions whether it is sustainable.
July 2015, Asma Nouira
Terrorism has hit Tunisia’s tourist industry again, this time on the beaches of Sousse. Thirty-eight dead. It comes less than three months after the Bardo Museum incident where twenty-one died. In October 2013, a young man in his twenties detonated a bomb in one of Sousse’s resort hotels, before detonating another on the beach and killing himself in the process.
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.