Analysis

06/19/2018 . By Oumayma Ben Abdallah

Tunisia’s process of decentralization is complex and does not stop at the elections, but rather depends on how municipal councils will be managed in the long run, the sustainability of funding, and role of the international community.

06/14/2018 . By Omnia Khalil

While Egyptian media portray the Maspero Triangle development process as participatory, interviews show the reality: over the past decade it has become more of a forced eviction with the aim to gentrify the neighborhood.

06/01/2018 . By Kamal Chomani

The results of Iraq’s parliamentary elections this month took many by surprise. Populist Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won a plurality of 329 seats, followed by three other lists dominated

05/31/2018 . By Amy Austin Holmes

One year ago, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi ratified an NGO law that codified repression of civil society in Egypt. While the state’s antipathy toward civil society was nothing new, the

05/22/2018 . By Mohamad Adam

The activities of the Supreme Council for Media Regulation show that it will use news and entertainment to spread the military’s conception of morality as the ideology of the state.

05/01/2018 . By Kamal Chomani

Significant divisions among Sunni, Shi’a, and the Kurdish parties have led to uncertainty—yet they could also lead to new alliances that may improve political dynamics in Iraq.

04/30/2018 . By Sherif Azer

The Egyptian regime is using the public’s unfamiliarity with the term “forced disappearances” to discredit allegations of the crime.

04/27/2018 . By Hassan Hassan

The strikes on Syria by the U.S., France, and the U.K. will make it less likely for its regime to use chemical weapons. They also represent a setback for Iran.

04/24/2018 . By Osama Diab

Efforts to control inflation and the budget deficit have led Egypt’s external debt to approach $90 billion—and could ultimately expose the country to risking default.

04/11/2018 . By Mai El-Sadany

Syria’s hastily drafted Law No. 10 of 2018 makes it even more difficult for displaced Syrians and refugees to come home, codifying the fact that the regime does not want them to return.