The argument that is often made against active engagement on human rights issues in Egypt is that no matter what the United States does, the situation will not improve. This is not true.
The Arab Spring failed to quickly change the status quo, but may have set in motion a transformational process that, if managed properly, may can lead to more open and meritocratic societies across the region.
A discussion on what’s driving the spread of Sunni-Shi’a identity politics in today’s Middle East and how sectarianism is contributing to the region’s instability and conflicts.
An exploration of the factors behind the spread of sectarian identity politics in the Middle East.
Egypt temporarily lifted its state of emergency this month, but while this may have seemed to be a victory for the people it was actually a triumph for the security state.
Corruption is a destabilizing force in Tunisia, infecting all levels of its economy, security, and political system.
For Tunisia’s transition to remain on track, the country must address illicit enrichment more effectively.
Corruption in Tunisia is perceived to be even more pervasive today than under former president Zine el Abidine ben Ali, despite numerous legal measures and civil society initiatives working to fight it. Can Tunisia’s government and civil society win this fight?
Recent moves by the Tunisian government may signal a major backsliding in the country’s democratic development.
Lack of development and marginalization by the centralized government in Tunis have created intense resentment within the border regions.