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.
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.