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The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels
The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels
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.
Felix Legrand
Social protest and subsidy removal in Egypt: future scenarios
Social protest and subsidy removal in Egypt: future scenarios
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.
Nadine Abdalla
Jordan: protests, opposition politics and the Syrian crisis
Jordan: protests, opposition politics and the Syrian crisis
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.
Hana Jaber
What future awaits Egypt’s political parties? Analyzing new legislation for the House of Representatives
What future awaits Egypt’s political parties? Analyzing new legislation for the House of Representatives
This paper by Ahmed Abd Rabou shows how Egypt's June 2014 legislative election law endangers the functioning of Egypt’s political parties and parliament. Rabou outlines an alternative electoral system that would protect political space for political parties and the parliament while maintaining constitutional benefits for women, Christians and other groups.
Ahmed Abd Rabou
Algeria: The Man and the Regime
Algeria: The Man and the Regime
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, despite ill health and the belief of many Algerians that the 2014 elections would be an opportunity for change, used his carefully crafted connections in state institutions, private business, the media, and across the political landscape to win support for his fourth term as president of Algeria.
Nacer Djabi
The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria
The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria
Understanding the nature of ISIS’s integration into the Syrian political and social fabric is essential for the development of a realistic and efficient strategy to curb the expansion and the consolidation of the jihadist state currently under construction in Iraq and Syria.
Felix Legrand
Syria: Preparing for Reconstruction
Syria: Preparing for Reconstruction
Based on an analysis of reconstruction efforts around the world, this paper by Manon-Nour Tannous lays out important recommendations for eventual post-conflict reconstruction in Syria. Successful reconstruction will help consolidate the new regime and thus increase the chances of achieving stability in the future.
Manon-Nour Tannous

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