Amid low enthusiasm for local elections intended to decentralize governance in Jordan, Islamists and their tribal allies have gained political ground.
Without an accompanying roadmap and buy-in from the population, a referendum on Libya’s draft constitution risks leaving Libya’s crisis of legitimacy unresolved.
Hezbollah’s branding of its Arsal offensive as a victory for all Lebanese further undermines the Lebanese state as a political and security actor.
EU support for Palestinian security reforms has not increased prospects for a democratic and viable Palestinian state as intended.
Abadi is using the narrative of victory in Mosul to distract from dire policy issues that cannot be resolved in the near future.
The independence referendum for the Kurdistan Region reflects not just struggles with Baghdad but intra-Kurdish political rivalries that could encourage further conflict.
Attempting to appease both Tunisia’s international lenders and its domestic socioeconomic movements has eroded the government’s political capital.
How effective have Youssef Chahed’s policies been at addressing Tunisia’s underlying issues?
The increasing rate of executions after unfair trials is eroding trust in Egypt’s justice system.
Despite widespread praise for Youssef Chahed’s anti-corruption efforts, they also risk inflaming elite tensions and undermining Tunisia’s democratic transition.
Recent succession and foreign policy moves in Saudi Arabia may get in the way of the kingdom’s planned economic reforms.
While the new Lebanese electoral law introduces a few reforms, it entrenches sectarianism and favors big parties and established politicians.
The legal battle over Tiran and Sanafir has exposed opposition from among Egypt’s elites even though the parliament’s and judiciary’s approval of the transfers represents a victory for the regime.
Though Egypt’s decision to raise interest rates will do little to curb inflation in the short term, its policy is based on a longer view.
The Moroccan authorities are unsuccessfully using their influence over religious discourse and the media to try to turn the public against protesters in the Rif.
The rapid escalation of tensions over the past few weeks carries significant implications for unity, security, and balance of power in the Gulf.
Egypt’s military is using food charity during Ramadan to prevent social unrest, though it may not be able to afford this tactic in the long term.
Iran’s weak economic recovery eroded Rouhani’s voter base, but municipal victories for his reformist and centrist allies may help his agenda and boost chances for future electoral victories.
Instead of addressing glaring security deficits, Sisi has focused on escalating the government crackdown on what remains of Egypt’s opposition.
Far from being a unifying call for prisoners’ rights, the Palestinian hunger strike campaign is exposing intra-Palestinian divides, particularly within Fatah.