In the spotlight
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.
August 2014, Maged al-Madhaji
Is federalism the answer for Yemen? In this Policy Alternative paper, Yemeni researcher Maged Al Madhaji analyzes the challenge of introducing a federalist system in a complex country beset with internal divisions and major economic problems.
July 2014, Murhaf Jouejati
Security sector reform will be a major factor in establishing the legitimacy of a post-Assad political order that abides by the demands of the uprising, establishing a civil, democratic and pluralistic state in which all citizens are equal before the law.
July 2014, Hana Jaber
The Syrian conflict has brought new threats, new refugees and a new wave of political uncertainty to a country already struggling to manage the political upheaval of the Arab Spring. Set against the backdrop of shifting domestic and regional politics, this paper breaks down the impact of the Syrian conflict on Jordan.