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. 

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.

September 2014
by Félix Legrand

As calls emerge for cooperation with the Assad regime to help roll back the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Felix Legrand argues that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only actor in the conflict with the capacity and local legitimacy to defeat ISIS in Syria.

August 2014
by Maged al-Madhaji

Is federalism the answer for Yemen? In this Policy Alternative paper, Yemeni researcher Maged Al Madhaji analyzes the challenge of introducing a federalist system in a complex country beset with internal divisions and major economic problems.

August 2014
by Nadine Abdalla

In July 2014, the Egyptian government announced reductions in fuel subsidies as a first step in a framework to end the subsidy system. Now is the time to set the foundations for a new social contract. The state needs community structures, such as trade unions, that can manage social conflict. Affected social sectors need ways in which to express their anger and represent their interests in a sustained and focussed manner in order to successfully pressure the authorities.

July 2014
by Hana Jaber

The Syrian conflict has brought new threats, new refugees and a new wave of political uncertainty to a country already struggling to manage the political upheaval of the Arab Spring. Set against the backdrop of shifting domestic and regional politics, this paper breaks down the impact of the Syrian conflict on Jordan.