Explainers

The Beirut Port Explosion Comes to U.S. Court

Almost two years since one of the world’s largest non-nuclear explosions destroyed the Beirut port and upended the lives of the city’s residents following decades of government corruption and negligence, on July 11, 2022, a group of nine of the...

The Path to Tunisia’s 2022 Constitutional Referendum

Tunisia is preparing for a constitutional referendum set to take place on July 25, 2022, exactly one year after the country’s President Kais Saied set the country on an alarming trajectory. This explainer unpacks how Saied has spent the last...

How Russia’s War in Ukraine is Impacting the MENA Region

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has significantly impacted food and fuel security in countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as they are among the top importers of food products from Russia and Ukraine. For instance, in 2021,...

Tunisian judges on strike: Is the independence of the judiciary at stake?

On July 25, 2021, amidst a deepening political crisis, Tunisian President Kais Saied froze the parliament and sacked the prime minister, a power grab labelled a coup since the taken measures bypass the 2014 constitution. The impact on most state...

The Prosecution of a Syrian Regime Doctor in Germany: Implications and Opportunities

In November 2021, the Higher Regional Court in Frankfurt, Germany, announced that a criminal trial prosecuting a Syrian doctor for torture and sexual violence would begin on January 19, 2022. This case is the second criminal trial of a Syrian...

Egypt’s Religious Minorities: The Legal Framework

Egypt’s legal framework is an important angle through which to understand the state of religious minorities in the country. This brief delves into some of the primary issues affecting and implicating the country’s religious minorities, who are primarily Coptic Christian,...

Resistance Committees: The Specters Organizing Sudan’s Protests

If you are following the news on Sudan, you know a military coup took place on October 25 and the country hasn’t stopped protesting, even since the recent deal between military leaders and the prime minister. The protests were covered...

Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections: High Stakes Amid Crisis

All eyes are turning towards Lebanon’s spring 2022 parliamentary elections—and for good reason. Since the last parliamentary elections in 2018, the country has undergone revolution, economic and financial collapse, a mismanaged pandemic, and an explosion that killed hundreds and vaulted...

Egypt Lifted its State of Emergency: What Now?

In October, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced that the country's state of emergency would not be extended, hence lifted for the first time in more than four years, saying that the country had become an "oasis of security and...

Joint Submission: Egypt’s CEDAW Review

As a state party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Egypt is subject to regular reviews addressing its implementation of the treaty. In October 2021, Egypt’s record on women's human rights and...