Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

The Advent of ‘Islamic’ Democracy in MENA
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The Advent of ‘Islamic’ Democracy in MENA

Indisputably, the Arab Spring has drastically reshaped the political landscape in MENA. Yet this scene is markedly diverse, heterogeneous and, most importantly, one of rivalry.

14 September 2012
Elections in Libya
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Elections in Libya

The election of a new national assembly in Libya is good news in several respects. Perhaps the first piece of good news is the simple fact that it actually took place and did so in a relatively peaceful atmosphere.

24 July 2012
Egypt’s Presidential Elections: Moving Beyond Authoritarianism?
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Egypt’s Presidential Elections: Moving Beyond Authoritarianism?

The symbolic significance of Morsy’s election should not be underestimated – he has become an elected Islamist leader of the most populous Arab country. However, it does not necessarily signal a shift in the balance of power towards the Brotherho...

3 July 2012
Is an Islamist Democracy Emerging in North Africa? Its Contours and Objectives, A View from the North
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Is an Islamist Democracy Emerging in North Africa? Its Contours and Objectives, A View from the North

The main novelty of the Arab revolts in 2011-2012 is that state actors on the regional and international political scene will have to deal with new North African political leaders, who represent the will of the electorate.

15 June 2012
Egyptian Presidential Elections: From the First to the Second Round
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Egyptian Presidential Elections: From the First to the Second Round

Egyptians have lived through the dream of the transition, but they ended up in the forthcoming elections with the same choice between the military and the Islamists.

12 June 2012
Législatives algériennes: la légitimation électorale du discours sécuritaire
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Législatives algériennes: la légitimation électorale du discours sécuritaire

Les élections législatives algériennes suscitent un regain d´intérêt. L´Algérie est-elle dans une logique de redémarrage du processus de transition démocratique ?

16 May 2012
Les défis de l’État libyen après la « guerre pour la démocratie »
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Les défis de l’État libyen après la « guerre pour la démocratie »

La guerre en Libye ont mis fin au pouvoir de Kadhafi, créant une situation pour laquelle le gouvernement provisoire est peu préparé.

11 April 2012
In Syria, The Diplomatic Solution Lies in the Isolation of the Regime
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In Syria, The Diplomatic Solution Lies in the Isolation of the Regime

It is taken for granted that the social networks, Internet and mobile phones have played a big part in the Arab Spring. How far do these media have a determining role?

14 March 2012
Lebanon in the Midst of the “Arab Spring” : plus ça marche…
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Lebanon in the Midst of the “Arab Spring” : plus ça marche…

Looking more in-depth at the effects and impact of the Arab Spring on Lebanon, it appears clear that the country had been affected by the ongoing social and political changes taking place within the region.

28 February 2012
Lebanon: Current Domestic and Regional Situation and Outlook
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Lebanon: Current Domestic and Regional Situation and Outlook

Tension in the Middle East region has reached unprecedented levels with crisis breaking out all over the place as a result of the so-called “Arab Spring”. Caught up in the middle of this whole regional mess is – as usual – Lebanon.

15 February 2012
Législatives égyptiennes (2011-2012) : des élections pas comme les autres
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Législatives égyptiennes (2011-2012) : des élections pas comme les autres

Il existe aujourd’hui 41 partis politiques en Égypte, dont 36 créés après la Révolution. À la veille des élections, plusieurs coalitions électorales ont été formées regroupant les partis de tendance ou d’intérêts communs.

10 February 2012
Egypt After Parliamentary Elections: Policy Recommendations for Domestic and External Actors
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Egypt After Parliamentary Elections: Policy Recommendations for Domestic and External Actors

The date of the 28th November marks the start of the first “relatively” free and fair elections, held just after the Egyptian Revolution. Challenges facing the next parliament are enormous but the opportunities are still here.

6 February 2012