Looking Back at 2011

Sujay Ghosh • Dec 28 2018 • Articles

2011 is a moment in history which encapsulated the impulse for achieving democracy yet a review of subsequent events show democratisation is an extremely complex process.

Transitional Justice in Tunisia: Any Role for Islam?

Elham Kazemi • Oct 19 2018 • Articles

The legacy of strict state control of religion combined with the violent crackdown on Islamic movements impacted the politics of state building after the revolution.

The Arab Uprisings Five Years After

Martin Beck • Dec 1 2015 • Articles

In several Arab countries transformation is dominated, by political violence. The polity has broken down—the central state fails to deliver security to its citizens.

Tunisia’s Upcoming Elections amid Strategic Reshaping of Coalitions

Pietro Longo • Aug 5 2014 • Articles

To govern a country in transition that is facing several internal problems, stability is needed and could be reached by a deal between the two biggest parties.

The Constitutional Process in Egypt and Tunisia

Lise Storm • Mar 8 2014 • Articles

Tunisia has faced a genuine regime change, while Egypt has merely witnessed a series of rotations of authoritarian leaders badly masking themselves as democrats.

A Tale of Two Constitutions: The Divergent Paths of Egypt and Tunisia

Noha Aboueldahab • Feb 17 2014 • Articles

January 2014 saw new constitutions adopted in Egypt and Tunisia. These constitutions reveal just how differently the transitions in Egypt and Tunisia have taken shape.

The Arab Spring and Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Mounira M. Charrad and Amina Zarrugh • Sep 4 2013 • Articles

Although it is possible for Tunisia to retain its prominent place in the Arab world with regard to women’s rights, it depends on which political forces hold power in the long run.

In Search of Righting Wrongs: Women and the Transitional Justice Process in Tunisia

Doris H. Gray • Apr 13 2013 • Articles

The inclusion of women, especially Islamists as the largest group of victims, is important for the overall success of transitional justice and to ensure that women’s rights will not be eroded in Tunisia.

Tunisian Democratization: Between Challenges and Opportunities

Francesco Cavatorta • Feb 7 2013 • Articles

The future state of Tunisian politics is difficult to predict, but it is clear that addressing pressing socio-economic problems is vital for the success of the transition and for the reconciliation of society.

US Intervention in the “Arab Spring”

Asad AbuKhalil • Aug 28 2012 • Articles

US intervention in the Arab world is still predicated on the same foundations that determined the courses of US foreign policy during the Cold War. With the Arab Spring, US intervention is likely to continue and expand.

Debunking a Phenomenon: the “Arab Spring” Misconception

Ali Al-Bayaa • Jul 28 2011 • Articles

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.

Economic Crisis, Political Repression, and Geopolitics in the Middle East

Milad Javdan • Apr 15 2011 • Articles

From the social uprising that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s regime in Tunisia on January 11, 2011, to the recent social unrest in Libya to oust the 40 year old reign of Muammar Gadhafi, many political scientists have been left puzzled as to reasons behind the North African revolutionary movement and where it could spread in the coming weeks.

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