• Europe and its Arab Neighbors: New Wine in Old Skins

    Richard Gillespie
    June 15, 2011

    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.

  • Interview on Security Reform in Egypt with Mohamed Kadry Said

    Mohamed Kadry Said
    June 08, 2011

    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.

  • Egypt's Freedom & Justice Party: to Be or Not to Be Independent

    Khalil al-Anani
    June 01, 2011

    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.

  • Does Morocco Have a Place in the GCC?

    Anouar Boukhars
    May 25, 2011

    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.

  • Mauritania’s Days of Rage

    Khalid Lum
    May 18, 2011

    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.

  • Egyptian Democracy and the Sectarian Litmus Test

    Mariz Tadros
    May 11, 2011

    Recent sectarian clashes in Cairo and ongoing tensions in Qena highlight the mobilizing power of religion in post-revolution Egypt and raise concerns over how inter-religious relations will be handled by future governments.

  • Bahrain, Kingdom of Silence

    Toby C. Jones
    May 04, 2011

    Since protests began in Bahrain, the island’s rulers have employed harsh measures in order to silence all opposition and create an uncontested narrative of events.

  • The Politicization of Yemen’s Youth Revolution

    Nadia al-Sakkaf
    April 27, 2011

    Though the youth sparked and mobilized Yemen’s revolution, their lack of unity and organization led to their marginalization by more experienced political actors who rode the wave of popular protest to reach positions of power.

  • The Future of Ennahda in Tunisia

    Rajaa Basly
    April 20, 2011

    Ennahda, the previously banned Tunisian Islamist party, has entered the new era with a moderate political discourse. However, it faces several challenges and will have to clarify its position on the state's secularism.

  • Palestinian Elections and the Hamas–Fatah Power Struggle

    Basem Ezbidi
    April 13, 2011

    Fatah and Hamas share a parochial perspective on elections, with each looking to exploit the issue in order to gain the upper hand against its rival and shore up its battered legitimacy.

  • Is the King’s Dilemma Only for Presidents?

    Russell E. Lucas
    April 06, 2011

    Cases of relative stability today in the Arab world do not solely stem from whether the system in question is a monarchy or a republic, but also from the degree of social and political pluralism in society and how it is channeled.

  • Obstacles on the Path of Tunisia’s Democratic Transformation

    Asma Nouira
    March 30, 2011

    While the popular revolution in Tunisia drew strength from its lack of leadership, the absence of a unified voice for the revolution has led to a an incoherent and muddled transition process.

  • Next Steps in Egypt's Transition

    Voter approval of constitutional amendments in Egypt provides a strong boost to the military-led transition process, however the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has yet to announce the schedule of elections or clarify the electoral procedures that will govern them.

  • Will Morocco’s King Deliver on Reforms?

    The king has promised significant constitutional reforms; will he allow changes that would lessen his own powers?

  • Demography and Bahrain’s Unrest

    Omar al-Shehabi
    March 16, 2011

    The “native-foreigner” issue has a long history in Bahrain and implications for stability in countries throughout the Gulf.

  • Why Syria Is Unlikely to be Next . . . for Now

    Bassam Haddad
    March 09, 2011

    Syria’s relative lack of civil society freedom might insulate its government from Egyptian style demonstrations for now, while the greater level of contact between the regime and society might protect it from a rebellion akin to Libya’s.

  • Iraq’s Petroleum Impasse

    Denise Natali
    March 02, 2011

    In order for Iraq to maximize petroleum wealth and meet the country’s economic demands, clearer lines of authority between the central government and the regional governments need to be drawn and Baghdad may have to manage resources more directly.

  • Prospects for a New Lebanese Government

    Majdoline Hatoum
    February 23, 2011

    Facing a polarized political atmosphere and the specter of international tribunal findings that are expected to shake Lebanon’s stability, Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati may not be able to deliver on his promise to create a national unity government.

  • Jordan Seeks to Preempt Discontent with New Government

    Mohammad Hussein Al-Momani
    February 16, 2011

    Prime Minister Bakhit’s mixed record on political reform raises questions about whether his cabinet will implement changes that insulate Jordan from the pressure of mass protests.

  • The Difficult Development of Parliamentary Politics in the Gulf

    Greg Power
    February 09, 2011

    Gulf parliaments have come to provide some semblance of democratic representation, but all are struggling against dominant regimes and must organize politically and carve out a distinctive role to better represent the people.

Sada is an online journal rooted in Carnegie’s Middle East Program that seeks to foster and enrich debate about key political, economic, and social issues in the Arab world and provides a venue for new and established voices to deliver reflective analysis on these issues.

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