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The al-Nusra Front : From Formation to Dissension

Hamzeh Al-Moustafa 09/07/14

The roots of the Salafist movement in Syria go back to the late 19th century, in what came to be known as “reformist Salafism,” a movement that largely mirrored the reformist Salafist movements that had emerged in Egypt with Sheikh Mohammad Abdu, (...)

Tunisia’s Second Republic

18/03/14

Three years after its revolution sparked the Arab Spring, and following political and security upheavals that nearly nullified its achievements, Tunisia succeeded in peacefully declaring the birth of its second republic. On January 26, the (...)

The Moscow Accord : The Beginnings of a Solution or an American Abandonment of (...)

29/05/13

In his first visit to Moscow since becoming US Secretary of State, John Kerry held extensive discussions on Syria with President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The discussions led to an agreement on the need to (...)

The Contribution of Palestinian Civil Society Organisations toward Achieving (...)

Mohamed Abdelah Abu Mattar 01/03/13

The path taken by Palestinian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) , particularly following the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority in 1994, represents a unique case in the Arab world and in the greater region. Several factors (...)

The Recent Bombings in Syria : Do they change reality on the ground (...)

14/08/12

The increased frequency of explosions in Syria at the moment raises a number of questions about the extent to which the shape of the Syrian revolution is entering a new phase characterized by emerging indicators, which show the transformation of (...)

The Role of Religion in the Public Domain After the January 25 Revolution

Khalil Al Anani 05/06/12

The role of religion in the public domain represents one of the main features of the Egyptian post-revolutionary phase. This aroused some concern, not only because it has led to disagreement and tension between Islamic groups and the liberal and (...)

Shedding Light on the Political Situation

Abdullah Omar 11/05/12

For more than two years, Kuwait has been witnessing a vicious cycle of recurring political disputes and struggles between the Parliament and the Council of Ministers (the Executive branch of Kuwait’s government). These recurring political (...)

The Impasse of Political Transition : Three Generations and Two (...)

Abdelnasser Djabi 24/04/12

Introduction The qualitative political dynamic experienced by Arab societies since the beginning of 2011 has engendered political transformations with demographic dimensions, starting from Tunisia, passing through Egypt and Yemen, all the way (...)

Between Reform and Legitimacy. An Analytic Perspective on the 2011 (...)

Khader Abbas Radwan 19/01/12

The Arab region has recently witnessed a wave of protests with varying end-results ; these protest movements have shared similarities, as well as differences, as to their impetus and motivations. Iraq also saw some protests during the months of (...)