• Commentary

    Do Tunisians Agree on More Than They Realize?

    Polarization in Tunisia may prove less divisive when writing a new constitution than many domestic and foreign observers fear.

    • Research

    Tunisia: The Revolution is Over, Can Reform Continue?

    As factions compete to form a new political system in Tunisia, it remains unclear whether the country will succeed in implementing long-term reform or stagnate in a political limbo.

    • Commentary

    The Arab Summer: Taking Stock

    Six months after the outbreak of protest in Tunisia, the Arab world has already been transformed. If Egypt succeeds in building a stable and open democracy, its example will have a significant impact on the rest of the region.

    • Commentary

    The Most Notable Revolutionaries of 2011

    2011 has been a year of revolution, but the most important revolutionary message thus far has been the idea that people can rise up as a group and, in the case of the Middle East, successfully depose autocratic leaders.

    • Commentary

    Arab Spring: Eternal Season of Flux

    The empowerment of the Arab public, coupled with the realization that change is possible through peaceful means, is a combination powerful enough to fundamentally change the whole region’s dynamic, even if that change does not happen quickly or smoothly.

    • Multimedia

    The Rise of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Egypt

    Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia are emerging as powerful political players in each country’s transition. Upcoming elections in both countries and the performance of Islamist parties once they are in office will determine their future role in formal politics.

    • Research

    Middle East and North Africa: Protecting Social Cohesion and Economic Stability

    The unprecedented change in the Middle East has created immediate challenges to maintaining social cohesion and macroeconomic stability. Over the longer-term, countries must define their own political, social, and economic transformations.

    • Multimedia

    The Arab Spring

    Three months into the Arab Spring and after the fall of the presidents of Tunisia and Egypt, protests continue across the Middle East and North Africa and the region remains in a state of flux.

    • Event

    Senator John Kerry on U.S. Policy Toward the Middle East

    With revolutionary change sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa and violence erupting in Libya, U.S. policy toward the region is quickly evolving.

    • Commentary

    Think Again: Arab Democracy

    While the wave of political change sweeping through the Arab world is reminiscent of the political upheaval in Central and Eastern Europe in 1989, historical analogies cannot capture the complex and dramatic events occurring or predict how this change will end.

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