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. 

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.

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.