Most Lebanese expect the army to play a stabilizing role should the country experience spillover effects from continued popular unrest in Syria. However, Lebanon’s political forces are increasingly competing to penetrate the army and shape its orientation, undermining its relative independence from sectarian politics.
The trial of 150 Jordanians for terrorism, the largest of its kind in the country’s recent history, shows exactly what is wrong with Jordan’s State Security Court.
In the wake of the region’s political tremors, Gulf monarchies are claiming reform of their security sectors. But are the changes enough—and are they genuine?
The Egyptian military has emerged as the most serious threat to the transition to democracy; ten months after helping ease Mubarak out of office, SCAF announcements leave no doubt that it intends to maintain its control indefinitely.
With the deadline for legislative elections approaching, will the army step down in deference to civilian rule – or tighten its grip in the face of mounting pressures?
With the United States and Europe only half-willing, the international community is incapable of stopping human rights violations in Syria or even helping the opposition.
Following Tunisia's elections, the possibility of an increased role for the military in political decision-making is far-fetched.
While the final outcomes of the Arab transitions are far from over, one thing is certain: civil-military relations will be redefined and renegotiated in every country. Arab militaries will inevitably fulfill a more central role in politics, and formalizing this reality may be the only hope for consolidating democratic transitions.
Ennahda’s victory can be attributed as much to its campaign strategy as to the popularity of its message. In an election meant to level the political landscape, the party realized that direct engagement with voters (rather than advertising) was the key to victory.
Tunisians have toppled a dictator: but the opening of voter registration shows there are still many challenges that lie ahead on the road to democracy.
Advocates of al-Maliki’s second term said that Iraq had formed a truly inclusive and effective government. More than a year after parliamentary elections, the country is still crippled by sham ministries and political stalemate.
In the aftershocks of Midan Tahrir, al-Azhar declares its support for democracy, pluralism – and its independence from a government that has long manipulated it.
The enshrining of Amazight as an official language in Morocco's newly approved constitution will have a lasting impact on Berber identity politics in North Africa.
By continuing repressive tactics and assigning the National Dialogue’s leadership to a figure outside the royal family, Bahrain’s monarchy alienates not only the moderate Shi’i opposition group al-Wefaq, but its traditional supporters in the community as well.
Although not the crown prince, Kuwait's Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah is still "untouchable" to parliament, and his reappointment only perpetuates the government's continuing stalemate with itself.
The continuing uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa have prompted European nations to rethink their relations with the Arab world as well as the frameworks within which pan-Mediterranean cooperation has taken shape.
Mohamed Kadry Said, a military and technology advisor and head of the military studies unit at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, discusses security sector reform in Egypt in an interview with Arab Reform Bulletin Editor Michele Dunne.
While Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its new Freedom and Justice Party have gone to lengths to clarify their stances on social issues and the relation between religion and the state, they must further clarify their relationship to each other and allow the party a sufficient level of independence.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has invited the Kingdom of Morocco to join. However, there are concerns over the effects joining the GCC could have on political reforms promised by King Mohammed VI.
Youth protesters in Mauritania have grown increasingly bold in calling for political and social reforms and are likely to significantly affect the tone and direction of politics in the months ahead.