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Egypt’s 2015 Parliamentarians, New Faces – Old Logic
The 2015 parliamentary elections in Egypt, the first since the adoption of the 2014 Constitution, brought a number of new political groups to the fore. Although boycotted by the disbanded Muslim Brotherhood and the majority of groups opposed to the current regime, most political entities close to the state did indeed take part, either as part of coalition lists such as the Fi Hob Misr (For the Love of Egypt) or as separate parties like Mustaqbal Watan (Future of the Nation), whose main cadres were once members of the defunct National Democratic Party (NDP). Other new parties founded after the January 25 revolution also took part, including the Free Egyptians Party, backed by billionaire Naguib Sawiris and winner of the largest number of seats in parliament.
Ahmed A. Hameed Hussien
The Power and Political Future of the Syrian Opposition’s Field Commanders
The dynamics by which the Syrian Revolution brought to prominence a class of political and military leaders are highly indicative of the nature of this complex conflict. Yet they are also some of the least well-understood aspects of the war. For many of the “elite” among Syria’s political opposition— such as the liberals of the 1950s, the ideologues of the 1960s and 1970s, and the leftist youth of the 1980s and 1990s—their political, social, and class-based discourse, ideologies, and allegiances come from the “old world” of Syria.
Rustom Mahmoud
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria: Illusion and Reality
The Muslim Brotherhood in Syria: Illusion and Reality
In light of the existential challenges faced by the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region since the start of popular revolutions, ARI is publishing two papers about the state of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria, research characterized by extensive knowledge of these two groups as conducted by Ibrahim el Houdaiby and Waseem Hafez.
Waseem Hafez
The Brotherhood after the Transition
The Brotherhood after the Transition
In light of the existential challenges faced by the Muslim Brotherhood movement in the region since the start of popular revolutions, ARI is publishing two papers about the state of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Syria, research characterized by extensive knowledge of these two groups as conducted by Ibrahim el Houdaiby and Waseem Hafez.
Ibrahim El-Houdaiby
Yemen’s political future is at stake- with Saudi Arabia trying to keep control
Yemen’s political future is at stake- with Saudi Arabia trying to keep control
The role of Saudi Arabia in Yemen’s domestic affairs is causing concern. The divisions in Yemen drawn on political and sectarian lines is according to Hussein Alwaday, writer and media expert, potential destabilising and damaging to the country’s future. He argues for the US and the other countries in the Gulf Initiative to move to ensure Yemen finds a peaceful solution to its internal struggles.
Hussein Alwaday

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