Analysis

The Egyptian Political Dialogue: Renewed Hope or Mere Façade?

With a peculiar guest list, unfamiliar presidential statements, and assurances of changes to come, the Egyptian family Iftar 2022 has surely raised eyebrows among the Egyptian people and followers of Egyptian politics. Started in 2017, the Egyptian family Iftar is...

The IMF: No Silver Bullet for Lebanon

Facing political, social, and economic collapse and the unexpected results of last weekend's parliamentary elections, Lebanon has arrived at a crossroads, and its inhabitants are locked in a debtor’s prison. In 2021, inflation was estimated at 145%, ranking third in...

Kais Saied’s Exclusionary National Consultation

“The people” are at the heart of all justifications that Kais Saied has been using since he was first elected president in 2019. “The people wants/demands” was a slogan raised during the 2011 protests, and was perhaps one of the...

Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections: Prospects and Pitfalls

On May 6 and May 8, Lebanese expatriates in 58 countries headed to polling centers to cast their votes to elect a new parliament. Out of the 225,000 eligible voters, some 130,000 participated in a well-organized process, despite prior concerns...

The Assad Regime’s Post-Conflict Narrative in the International Arena

European Union countries are currently taking part in the sixth Brussels Conference on supporting the future of Syria, during which they are addressing the Syrian conflict and its response to it, after more than a decade of conflict. Among the...

From Aleppo to Mariupol: Russian Aggressions, New Solidarity

A day after visiting the city of Bucha, where evidence of Russian atrocities targeting civilians continues to surface, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged the United Nations Security Council against inaction, claiming the current war in Ukraine would not have happened...

The Never-Ending Process of Political Reform in Jordan

Often described as being perpetually “on the brink,” in “the crossfire,” or “caught between Iraq and a hard place,” Jordan is a cautionary case study on how inclusive socioeconomic development cannot be achieved without meaningful political reform whereby citizens have...

Q&A with Ikram Ben Said: Women in Tunisia

This is the last piece of TIMEP's series on women advocates across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on the ways in which they are challenging the roots of gender inequality. In this Q&A on the challenges facing...

The Charters of Sudan’s Political Landscape

Almost six months since the military coup in Sudan, peaceful protests continue to take place according to weekly schedules issued by resistance committees. New forms and tools of resistance have emerged—even after more than 90 protesters have been killed by...

When Stories Break Free

In the freezing cold of Egypt’s winter in the middle of the desert, we huddled in our tiny cell in Wadi Al-Natroun prison to keep each other warm, and in the summer, we almost peeled our skins off from the...