Commentary

Latest Political Reforms in Jordan: Systemic Changes on the...

In April 2022, a year after the Prince Hamzah affair, a new electoral law and political parties law were published in the Official Gazette. With Jordan on the cusp of a politically transformative decade—at least according to official discourse—scrutinizing the laws is necessary. What’s new in this latest round of political reform? Will the two new laws salvage the eroding social contract?

Kais Saied’s Exclusionary National Consultation

One can say that Kais Saied’s organization of the national consultation is simply clumsy because it is a new approach in engaging citizens. But this would only hold as true if no other examples were undertaken across central and local structures in post-revolutionary Tunisia over the last few years. Instead, this new development is only further evidence that Saied is leading the country using citizen engagement tools to justify his action as his autocratic rule strays away from democratic and legal legitimacy.

Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections: Prospects and Pitfalls

Lebanon’s 2022 parliamentary elections are being organized during exceptional times that have been challenging the electoral administration with unconventional financial, operational, and security obstacles. As election workers vote today, and with a few days remaining before election day, there are several challenges and possible problems that could make or break this crucial event that will set the tone of what’s to come next for the country’s near future.

Explainers

Resistance Committees: The Specters Organizing Sudan’s Protests

Neighborhood resistance committees (RCs) are grassroots organizations with extended origins in Sudan’s modern political history going back to the 1990s.

Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections: High Stakes Amid Crisis

With so much hanging in the balance this election cycle, it is critical to examine what Lebanon’s electoral law looks like both on paper and on the ground, the international legal standards it should meet, and what issues will be important to watch in anticipation of elections in the spring. 

Vaccine Access and Distribution in MENA

While international debates over intellectual property, vaccine nationalism, and global access have taken center stage, a close look into domestic vaccine access and distribution in the Middle East and North Africa and relevant international legal standards is critical.  

Projects

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) offers its Egypt Parliament Watch project. Building on the success of its original Legislation Tracker and Parliamentary Election Projects, Egypt Parliament Watch monitors trends and developments in Egypt’s legislative body. Issuing reports, analyses, and regular briefings, the project:

TIMEP’s Transitional Justice Project (TJP) is an innovative, timely project that addresses crucial issues at the heart of the transitions in the Middle East and fills an important knowledge gap on these issues.