Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa
In the absence of well-organised political forces, it has been easy for the army to put itself in the driver’s seat.
The Islamist political party Ennahda has decided to focus on politics over preaching. This shift has forced it to rebuild its legitimacy on argument rather than religion.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
Tunisia’s first democratically elected president died on July 25. His death has squeezed even tighter what was already a narrow window for the election campaign, with far-reaching consequences.
Algeria’s military will probably continue its direct and open involvement in politics, despite protests.
After 25 weeks of protests and a deep political impasse, it is now clear that the post-Bouteflika period is going to be bumpy. However, it is hard to forecast events in Algeria.
Tunisia has shown the revolutionary nature of a rare Arab democratic transition.
Sisi prioritizes large-scale infrastructure projects to galvanize support, but these projects deepen the military’s hold over the economy and provide no tangible broad economic benefit.
A former U.S. ambassador to Tunisia describes what the late president meant for the country.