It is our belief at TIMEP that local experts and advocates are the most well-positioned to understand developments, challenges, and opportunities on the ground. Their voices and experiences are instrumental in crafting solutions-oriented policy that responds to root causes–whether at the U.S., EU, or UN level. Despite this, we find that local experts and advocates are often sidelined; they suffer from resource challenges; they lack access to training and convening opportunities; and they are often cut-off from each other and the international community.

Is Algeria Ready to Join BRICS?

Despite its economic shortcomings, Algeria’s geographic position, fast-growing population, and warm relations with all BRICS countries, makes its bid a strong one.

Security Over Democracy: The Compromising of Sudan’s Transition

“The events that have taken place in Sudan since 2019 prove that democracy and security cannot be thought of separately: they both must be worked on together as part of one process,”...

Policies of Erasure: How the MENA’s Region Intersex People Are Made Invisible

Even if a person is intersex, they are still expected to be assigned a binary gender identity that they must adhere to, in order to avoid being stigmatized.

Women in Egypt’s Prisons: Tales of Oppression, Abuse and Human Rights Violations

The Egyptian regime and the security authorities adopt a specific approach in dealing with women prisoners, especially human rights activists, journalists, and political opponents.

The IMF in MENA: Flawed Approaches, New Challenges

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has a critical role to play across the Middle East and North Africa region, as several regional powers are negotiating or currently enacting new programs. As the...

Algeria and the State of Freedom of Expression

While the days of the Hirak movement seemed to suggest that Algeria was heading towards the path of progress, the developments of the past few years with regards to freedom of the...

Efforts Towards Restoring Constitutional Order and Democratic Transition in Sudan

Despite strong international support, Sudan's political process has received mixed domestic reactions, ranging from traditional pro-democracy actors strongly supporting it, to grassroots movements that oppose any direct negotiations with the military leaders.

Tunisia’s Increasing Restrictions on Freedom of Expression

Since Saied’s power grab on July 25, 2021, political and judicial developments in Tunisia have raised serious concerns over the state’s future.