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Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Arab Uprisings, Iranian Influence, and the Middle East’s Future

Events like the fall of Mubarak and the rise of the Islamic Renaissance Movement in Tunisian politics have led some observers to conclude that fundamentalism’s shadow will be cast over the Middle East. Simultaneously, as Tehran’s leaders trumpet their growing relationships with Islamist groups, it is feared that Iran will come out ahead in the region.

Casualties of the Digital Revolution

Casualties of the Digital Revolution

Many have heralded the Internet as a life-enhancing medium that promotes citizen empowerment beyond the borders of nation states. Whilst there has been much talk about the beneficiaries of this revolution, there has been something of a hesitance to name the casualties.

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The Arab Spring and Turkey: Can a ‘Turkish Model’ be Proposed?

The most important aspect of Turkey’s potential to become a model for the rest of the region is her ability to uphold secularism while trying to become more democratic despite the fact that there is currently a conservative government ruling Turkey with its origins in Turkey’s Islamist tradition.

Qaddafi’s Death is Only the Beginning in Libya

Qaddafi’s Death is Only the Beginning in Libya

The death of Qaddafi is, naturally, a very public symbol that his reign of oppression is over and will not return, but this is not the end of the story for Libyans, the UN or NATO. The campaign to maintain peace between the various factions could prove to be more difficult than the defeat of Qaddafi’s forces.

What role for the EU in the new Libya?

What role for the EU in the new Libya?

Perhaps, looking back at the EU’s performance in the Libyan crisis in five years’ time, the best lesson to (re-) learn is that the EU is not good at hard security policy, but does a very decent job when the task is about dealing with the aftermath of conflict. Stable democracies cannot be built on the battlefield. They require a whole different set of capabilities than what NATO can offer.

Libya’s Draft Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Stage: Promise and Drawbacks

Libya’s Draft Constitutional Charter for the Transitional Stage: Promise and Drawbacks

The draft constitution creates an enormous and unprecedented opportunity for Libyans to shape their future in ways that will mark a clean and decisive break with the past. Yet, truly democratic state-building after conflict is not without perils, and democracy is not a foregone conclusion at the end of any authoritarian regime.

Building a democratic state for the new Libya: A task list

Building a democratic state for the new Libya: A task list

Building democratic states is a complex and challenging task at the best of times. After violent conflict this task is additionally complicated by the fact that peace needs to be secured, institutions need to be comprehensively reformed, if not built from scratch, civil society and political culture need to be reinvigorated, and economies need to be put back on a path to sustainable growth.

Three questions on Libya and one on the region

Three questions on Libya and one on the region

The Gaddafi regime appears to be falling in Libya, but important questions must be answered if the transition to a new government is to be peaceful. Where have Gaddafi’s fighters gone; what are their plans? How united are the rebels and who is in command? Who will lead international post-conflict reconstruction efforts? And what are the implications for the Arab Spring more broadly?

The Trial Will Not Be Televised: Mubarak and the Struggle for Power in the ‘New Egypt’

The Trial Will Not Be Televised: Mubarak and the Struggle for Power in the ‘New Egypt’

It is no small irony that while Egypt’s ‘new’ leadership is being lauded for making sure the Mubarak trial is not being rushed through a military court where standards of proof are lower and pressures on the defense can be higher, pro-democracy activists and protesters are being dragged through those same military courts in ever-greater numbers.

Debunking a Phenomenon: the “Arab Spring” Misconception

Debunking a Phenomenon: the “Arab Spring” Misconception

The so called “Arab Spring” has been a popular notion in American media. US academics, journalists and politicians speak of the most recent Middle Eastern revolutionary movements as a single and similar wave of reform that they deem as one that could be defined along racial lines. Not only is this approach methodically flawed, but it also overrides a sense of remarkable national pride for individual nations.

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