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. 

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.

December 2014
by Hafedh Chekir

The rocky road - Tunisia travels a political highway with few signposts as to its destination.

October 2014
by Mohamed Benhlal

What have the 2011 protests in Morocco achieved in terms of governance reforms? The constitutional reforms undertaken by Morocco since the 2011 protests have modified legislative and institutional procedures, yet their real impact on governance needs to be assessed.