The origins of the protests in Lebanon can be summed up in two words: neoliberalism and sectarianism. The Hezbollah party has been accusing the protest movement of being controlled by foreign interests.
Protests in the streets of the Arab world in 2011 and those taking place today in some countries in the region, such as Algeria or Lebanon, have a specific weight, different than protests with similar claims elsewhere.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Barcelona Process, CIDOB and its partners launch a series of dialogues on how cities can be given a greater role in the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership.
The situation of political Islam in the Arab world has experienced fast and unprecedented reversals over the past few years. The Islamists, unsurprisingly, after the uprisings, came to power by the polls in several countries.
Walid Abdelnasser, director of the Office for Arab Countries of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), reviews the historical development of the intellectual property system in the Maghreb and the Middle East.