Religious authority is an increasingly influential but poorly understood source of power in governments throughout the Middle East. Who speaks for Islam in the region? How do Islamists and fundamentalists harness and exert religious authority, despite Islam’s largely decentralized power structure?
How did a simple Facebook post inspire thousands of Palestinians to protest the siege of Gaza and renew demands for the right to return?
A proposal for a new U.S. approach to Libya that centers on the concept of reinvigorated American engagement.
The next year offers Ennahda a choice. Will it consolidate its position as a major political player in Tunisia, or will its internal divisions deepen?
The Arab world is facing unprecedented socioeconomic, political, and institutional challenges. With the old order breaking down, citizens and states should forge new social contracts to address these massive challenges.
“Overall, there is pride and joy among Tunis residents, who hope that the municipality will finally change under my leadership.”
Mayor Abderrahim discussed her role as the first female, democratically-elected mayor of Tunis, and how she is leading the charge to bring positive change to the capital.
For Tunisians, the revolution was not about democracy. It was first and foremost about improving their daily lives. And, in this case, the government is failing to deliver.
The prolonged crisis in Gaza has created enormous mental health challenges for the population while access to care and treatment remains limited. If it remains unaddressed, this will seriously affect their future and prospects for ending the conflict.
Rising public trust in Arab militaries at the expense of governments could signal a disruptive trend in civil-military relations and portend instability to come.