Policy Alternatives

Policy Alternatives are monthly analysis and insights from engaged Arab scholars or activists dealing with all key reform issues in the social, economic, political and legal domains. 

November 2015
by Ibrahim El-Houdaiby

In light of the existential challenges faced by the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region since the start of popular revolutions, ARI is publishing two papers about the state of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria, research characterized by extensive knowledge of these two groups as conducted by Ibrahim el Houdaiby and Waseem Hafez.

November 2015
by Waseem Hafez

In light of the existential challenges faced by the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region since the start of popular revolutions, ARI is publishing two papers about the state of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria, research characterized by extensive knowledge of these two groups as conducted by Ibrahim el Houdaiby and Waseem Hafez.

November 2015
by Ghazi Dahman

Southern Syria is vulnerable to both the external and also internal forces threatening it today. A traditional region where tribal and family loyalties matter, it is also torn by sectarian loyalties. Neighbouring countries have sought to influence the population and put pressure on an already unstable situation, as Ghazi Dahman writes.

September 2015
by Hussein Alwaday

The role of Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s domestic affairs is causing concern. The divisions in Yemen drawn on political and sectarian lines is according to Hussein Alwaday, writer and media expert, potential destabilising and damaging to the country’s future. He argues for the US and the other countries in the Gulf Initiative to move to ensure Yemen finds a peaceful solution to its internal struggles.

July 2015
by 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
by Bouhania Goui

In the light of growing security threats at home and abroad Algerian Professor Bouhania Goui examines the military’s role and its overlapping with the political workings of government.

June 2015
by Sherif Mohy El Deen

Sherif Mohy El Deen looks at how military trials for civilians have become the norm in post-revolution Egypt despite being a violation of international human rights. A researcher and expert on security studies and criminal justice, he also suggests radical and comprehensive changes that he believes are needed to safeguard the judicial process.

May 2015
by Ahmed Abd Rabou

Since July 2013 Egypt has been without a parliament after its election laws were ruled unconstitutional and in the interim gives full legislative control to the president.

May 2015
by Azza Kamel Maghur

Azza Kamel Maghur, lawyer and writer, examines the UN Support Mission in Libya and argues that all sides must recognise that political dialogue is the only solution to put their country back on the road to stability.

March 2015
by Tarek Ben Chaabane

The Tunisian independent media regulator HAICA set up as a ‘guardian of fairness’ has found itself under attack.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria: Illusion and Reality, by Waseem HafezNovember 2015
Social conditions in southern Syria: a source of strength for change, by Ghazi DahmanNovember 2015
A force for Syria's future: a proposed national army, by Abdulnasser Al-Ayed February 2015
Tribal Matters- are Syria’s Tribes being radicalised? , by Abdulnasser Al-Ayed January 2015
The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels, by Félix LegrandSeptember 2014
Rebel-held Suburbs of Damascus: Resilience Mechanisms in the Face of Chemical Attacks, by Ilina AngelovaJuly 2014
The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria, by Félix LegrandJune 2014
Syria: Preparing for Reconstruction, by Manon-Nour TannousMay 2014
Syria’s Cultural Priorities: Culture as a Component of the Syrian Transition, by Rana YazigiMarch 2014
Spotlight on Geneva while Syria Sinks in the Quicksands, by Bassma Kodmani, Félix LegrandFebruary, 2014
Options for future health policies in Syria , by Fouad Mohammad FouadOctober 2013
Political Geography of the Kurdish Issue and Its Relationship with the Syrian National Revolution, by Baker SidqiJuly 2013
The Syrian Revolution and Future of Minorities, by Akram Al-BunniApril 2013
The “Silent Bloc".. Acquiescing to Tyranny Willingly or Out of Fear, by Ghassan Al-MuflehFebruary 2012
The Dynamics of the Uprising in Syria, by Hassan AbbasOctober 2011
The Dialectic Relationship Between the Political and the Civil in the Syrian Civil Society Movement, by Wael SawahNovember 2009
Political Reform and the Reconfiguration of National Identity in Syria, by Yasseen Haj-SalehJune 2007
Syria: What Reforms While a Storm is Building?, by Samir El AitaApril 2006