Arab Reform Briefs

Arab Reform Briefs 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. 

February, 2014
by Bassma Kodmani, Félix Legrand

That the first round of talks in Geneva in the last week of January achieved nothing as Mr Brahimi admitted, is not a surprise. But is there a strategy? For there to be one, it must connect the political negotiations to action on the ground.

May 2013
by Sufian Obaidat

The latest Jordanian parliamentary elections were held against the backdrop of a political and social crisis. The outcome of these elections prolonged the status quo but they also doomed the country to fail in standing-up to the looming challenges.

March 2013
by Tamer Wageeh

The paper tries to assess Egypt’s transition. The author argues that it is useless to restrict one’s thoughts to procedural aspects of transition without examining the substantive socio-economic dimensions of the on-going fundamental struggle.

February, 2013
by Emna Jeblawi

The paper tries to assess Tunisia’s transition and ponder the outcome of the period, as a whole.

December 2012
by Atiaf Zaid Alwazir

This paper attempts to review the level of “youth” inclusion, by first defining the “independent youth”, and focusing on their past, current and potential role in the transitional process.

November 2012
by Mohammad Alwuhaib

This paper highlights a group of historical events that bear the seeds of the current crisis. It also shed some light on some of the central concepts for understanding Kuwaiti political mobilization

September 2012
by Moussa Grifa

Since its 2011 Revolution, Libya has undergone several stages in a bid to forge a new state. The General National Congress elections that took place in July 2012 and the impressive democratic performance of the Libyan people are the most significant of these stages.

August 2012
by Sufian Obaidat

In light of the many recent changes in the regional and international landscape, it is a mistake to believe that the status quo is sustainable in Jordan. Yet it seems that neither the ruling powers, nor the people, nor the political forces in general realize this.

July 2012
by Georges Fahmi

On 23 and 24 May 2012, Egyptians went to the polls to choose their president in Egypt’s first free and fair presidential elections. This paper analyzes the presidential elections, with its two rounds, and its impact on Egypt’s transition from authoritarianism.

June 2012
by Mustafa Muhammad

The result of the parliamentary elections of May has apparently preserved the political status quo in Algeria. While Islamist parties have come to power in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, is there an Algerian specificity? Is the Islamist answer that emerged in 1991 definitely outdated?