As Arab political transitions stumble and parties clash over the pace and direction of reforms, analysts are largely focused on the differences between political actors—Islamists, Salafis, liberals, and others—and the implications for political development. But critics argue that this distracts attention from trying to understand the critical institutional changes underway in these countries. 

Frederic Wehrey, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Mathias Wichman discussed political change and institutional dynamics in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Marwan Muasher moderated.

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