Briefs / Focus / Spot Ons

The Coming of the “Arab Autumn”: Lessons Learned from Tunisia’s Democratic Transition
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The Coming of the “Arab Autumn”: Lessons Learned from Tunisia’s Democratic Transition

While watching carefully to see how Tunisia’s Islamists will exercise their newly-gained political power, the EU should develop and implement a balanced approach to this North African country.

4 November 2011
Tunisia: The Next Phase
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Tunisia: The Next Phase

Election Day has come and gone in Tunisia, marking the end of the first transitional phase of the post-Ben Ali era and the beginning of another. The the challenges facing the Tunisian polity in the coming period are considerable.

4 November 2011
Four Keys to Understand Tunisian Politics after the Elections
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Four Keys to Understand Tunisian Politics after the Elections

In the context of increasing panic surrounding the outcome of the Tunisia elections, it is important to stress four key aspects of the current situation, which can help frame discussions of Tunisian politics in a less emotional perspective.`

4 November 2011
The Arab Spring. Is Algeria the Exception?
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The Arab Spring. Is Algeria the Exception?

Following the uprising in Tunisia, media attention focused on Algeria, which many believed was next in line.

20 October 2011
L’Algérie et le « Printemps Arabe » : un contexte singulier, à court terme, et des perspectives communes, à long terme
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L’Algérie et le « Printemps Arabe » : un contexte singulier, à court terme, et des perspectives communes, à long terme

L’Algérie est bien affectée par la vague de contestation politique qui parcourt l’ensemble du monde arabe. Et ce, en raison d’un contexte national singulier, actuellement dominé par dix caractéristiques majeures.

21 September 2011
The International Community is Trying to Learn That You Cannot Export Democracy
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The International Community is Trying to Learn That You Cannot Export Democracy

The international community is now trying to learn that you cannot export democracy. It is crucial that the countries in the Arab world know this too and instead develop their own types of democracy.

20 September 2011
September 2011 – Is It a Turning Point?
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September 2011 – Is It a Turning Point?

The change of Palestinian strategy from negotiations to an effort to get UN recognition for a Palestinian state is a result of a stalemate in the negotiations process. In Israel there is a debate on the implications of this new Palestinian strategy....

15 September 2011
North Africa’s Intifadas: Is Algeria Next?
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North Africa’s Intifadas: Is Algeria Next?

The conditions that led to the uprisings in other parts of North Africa have long existed in Algeria. Yet these system challenges have rarely threatened the regime’s existence as long as le pouvoir remained united.

8 September 2011
La Syrie, pourquoi c’est difficile?
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La Syrie, pourquoi c’est difficile?

Dans un pays qui connait de plein fout les retombés de la crise économique mondiale, où 30% de sa population vit sous le seuil de pauvreté et où la migration rurale étrangle les grandes villes, les remèdes occasionnelles ne dénoueront pas la...

16 March 2011
Egypt’s Revolution: What Are the Prospects?
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Egypt’s Revolution: What Are the Prospects?

Considering Egypt’s size and centrality, it is the Egyptian revolution that is likely to carry the revolutionary effect to other corners of the Middle East.

16 March 2011
Jordan Bracing for Strong Winds from Arab Spring
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Jordan Bracing for Strong Winds from Arab Spring

The uprisings have not created new problems for Jordan. In some ways they have negatively affected economic sectors, like tourism and foreign investments, and stirred street protests. But mostly they have accentuated existing problems.

15 March 2011
Egipto: transición y cambio en el sistema político
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Egipto: transición y cambio en el sistema político

El resultado del referéndum en Egipto y la satisfacción o no de las demandas pendientes del movimiento revolucionario revelarán si el camino hacia la democracia en Egipto está despejado.

10 March 2011