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. 

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.

March 2015
by Omar El-Shenety

After years of relying on financial aid from Gulf states during its political crises, Egypt is hosting an Economic Summit hoping to attract foreign investors and donors to get the economy back on track.

The political wrangling behind the scenes of the Tunisian presidential elections is dissected by Hamadi Redissi and Hafedh Chekir in this paper.

February 2015
by Abdulnasser Al-Ayed

Abdulnasser Al-Ayed, playwright and writer proposes in his article the idea of a Syrian National Army. This he sees is the only real solution for the conflict that is being fought more and more between three opposing groups - the Assad regime, extremist Islamist forces that seek the establishment of a religious Sunni state in which the role of minorities would remain secondary, and the national democracy movement.

February 2015
by Bouhania Goui

Bouhania Goui, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla University in Algeria looks at the options to resolving its constitutional crisis and asks whether a solution can be found that delivers on democracy, governance and changes in the rule of law.

January 2015
by Abdulnasser Al-Ayed

Examining the role of the regional tribes who make up thirty per cent of Syria’s population, Naser Ayed believes that any plans for a new Syria need to embrace these groups, ending their marginalisation and also their radicalisation by extremists.

December 2014
by Adel Ltifi

Tunisia on a political tightrope - analysis of the political angst facing the country in the run-up to the second round of the presidential elections.

Fair trials for all: to end military trials in Egypt and restore civil justice, by Sherif Mohy El DeenJune 2015
The absence of the legislative body and the future of politics in Egypt, by Ahmed Abd RabouMay 2015
Egypt’s hopes for Gulf aid, by Omar El-ShenetyMarch 2015
Social protest and subsidy removal in Egypt: future scenarios, by Nadine AbdallaAugust 2014
What future awaits Egypt’s political parties? Analyzing new legislation for the House of Representatives, by Ahmed Abd RabouJuly 2014
Crisis without End: Story of Egypt’s Democratic Transition, by Tamer WageehMarch 2013
Egypt presidential election 2012: the survival of the July 1952 regime, by Georges FahmiJuly 2012
Egypt: Will Parliamentary Elections Unleash a Conflict of Legitimacies?, by Moaaz ElZoughby December 2011
Egypt post 25th of January: The opportunities and challenges of the transition period, by Abd el-Rahman ElzoghaimySeptember 2011
The Dynamics of Egypt’s protest : An inside view, by Moaaz ElZoughbyFebruary 2011
Egypt: Before and After, by Virginie CollombierFebruary 2011
The political future of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt following its exit from parliament, by Hossam Tammam January 2011
The Copts of Egypt: Specific Problems and General Tension, by Sameh Fawzi October 2010
The Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Regime: The Test of Parliamentary Elections as a Condition for Political Transition, by Hossam Tammam March 2010
Youth Activism in Egypt , by Dina ShehataOctober 2008
Egypt and the Events in Gaza: The “Official” Solution to the Crisis, by Amr Al-ShobakiMay 2008
The New Protest Movements in Egypt: Has the Country Lost Patience?, by Ahmad Baha’eddin ShaabanNovember 2007
Egypt’s Bewildering Parliamentary Elections, by Mohammad Abdel SalamFebruary 2006
Presidential Election in Egypt : Limits of the Reform Process, by Amr Al-ShobakiFebruary 2006