Tunisian Democracy and Sinister Agendas from Abroad

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Khalid al-Jaber Tunisia’s presidential campaign is in full swing, with an election set for September 15. This election will be held two months earlier than originally planned because of the sudden death of former President… Continue Reading  

Tunisia’s Fragile Democracy after Essebsi

by Daniel Brumberg The passing of President Beji Caid Essebsi leaves a huge political void in Tunisia’s fraught politics. His death comes not only against the backdrop of an escalating economic crisis but also in the wake of an intensifying… Continue Reading  

Haftar’s Attempted Coup and Trump’s Collusion over Libya

by Imad K. Harb Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s renegade general and leader of the self-anointed Libyan National Army (LNA), appears adamant that only he can lead the country out of the darkness of the last few years. On April 4, he… Continue Reading  

The UAE’s Crusade against Regional Democracy

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Civil societies and political actors in the Middle East and North Africa have continuously fought for democratic change and positive reforms since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings. Yet they have faced setbacks and even defeat since—partly owing… Continue Reading  

Efforts to Return Syria’s Assad to Arab Fold Amount to Hollow Victory for Autocrats

by James M. Dorsey Two developments, the pending return of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the Arab fold and protests in Sudan, Jordan and Tunisia, send contradictory messages of where the Middle East and North Africa are headed.