For years, there has been debate on the extent to which Islam is compatible with the principles of democracy. Recently, the debate has shifted to a more productive question: when do religious actors decide to support a democratic transition process?
The relationship between the Egyptian regime and media is becoming more volatile, revealing new divides within the establishment.
The upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa have only just begun, and the hopes of Arab regimes and Western policymakers to retreat to old habits of authoritarian stability are doomed to fail.
In the years since the 2011 protests, rebellions have led to renewed repression in some places and chaos in others, but it may be too soon to say that they have failed.
Cheap oil is hurting Egypt’s economy in the short term and could have wider political consequences.
The Arab states in transition are confronted with a seemingly intractable task: rebuilding state institutions and social contracts in an era of global change. Conventional approaches to security sector reform that fail to grasp the dilemmas and challenges complicating this effort are certain to fail.
In its foreign policy toward North Africa and the Middle East, the EU is putting stability before human rights, as it did before the Arab Spring.
Dismissing the Arab Spring uprisings as failures does not capture how fully they have transformed every dimension of the region’s politics.
The Egyptian government now finds itself in a hard place as it must reform its bureaucracy but risks social discord if it reduces its public sector which employs thousands.
President Obama must speak with President Sisi and express his objections to the accelerating crackdown on human rights and civil society.