Commentary

The Walls Close in on Syrian Refugees in Lebanon...

The official repatriation of Syrian refugees from Lebanon started on October 26, with the Lebanese General Security announcing that 750 refugees were expected to return to Syria on that day. This operation took place two weeks after Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced that the country would soon start sending Syrian refugees back home, after months of various plans put forward by several members of the Lebanese authorities. However, the details of how “voluntary” those repatriations will be are still not clear.

An Unstable Middle East: Bare Minimum Goals for Biden’s...

In the spirit of pragmatism, the Biden administration should focus during this Middle East trip on achieving the following six bare-minimum goals, which address the most pressing human rights and fiscal corruption issues in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Sudan, and Syria. From the U.S. side, Biden’s administration mustn’t compromise on these goals, and if his trip is successful, powerful regional allies ought to help him accomplish them. 

Navigating a Participatory Political Process in Sudan Amid a...

This piece investigates the process that led to the production of the two key political charters produced by resistance committees in Sudan, which elevated and decentralized the political discourse across the country. Resistance committees with those charters are effectively writing a new chapter in Sudan’s political history, offering an innovative and novel governance model that deserves invigorating.

Explainers

Algeria’s Multipronged Crackdown on the Hirak

Renewed Hirak demonstrations have been met with repressive tactics by Algerian security services and backed by strict new laws.

Detention During COVID-19: What MENA Governments Are, Aren’t, and...

Across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), countries are taking measures in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. These national responses have included the creation of emergency hotlines, awareness campaigns, stay-at-home orders, and curfews. There is one underemphasized issue that will remain central to a country’s success in “flattening the curve”: detention.

Reports & Briefs

TIMEP and CPJ: Joint UPR Submission on Press Freedom...

TIMEP and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have submitted a joint stakeholder report ahead of the third cycle of Lebanon’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), set to take place in January and February 2021. 

TIMEP Brief: Export of Surveillance to MENA Countries

The export of surveillance technology to MENA governments has led to violations of the rights to life, privacy, and freedom of speech, among others, imperiling journalists, activists, and researchers.

TIMEP Brief: Use of Surveillance Technology in MENA

MENA governments continue to purchase, weaponize, and employ surveillance technology, regardless of the fact that abuses related to use have been credibly documented.

Projects

Ten years ago, Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood in the middle of traffic, shouted “How do you expect me to make a living?” and set himself on fire, catalyzing popular protests in Tunisia and across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and creating a lens through which advocates, scholars, and policymakers understand the region until today.