TIMEP Monthly Briefs: April 2019

05/02/2019 . By TIMEP

At the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP), we strive to produce rigorous research, data-driven analysis, and policy tools that advance more effective policies toward the Middle East and Africa.

This monthly compilation of TIMEP briefs offers succinct, policy-relevant information on regional issues, laws, and policies, highlighting the context in which developments occur, their trajectories, and implications. Our law briefs provide insights into legislation produced by regional governments, with descriptions of the laws, analysis on their adherence to national and international legal norms and obligations, and information tracking their implementation. Issue briefs track and analyze ongoing, policy-relevant issues as they unfold, highlighting trends and implications on the ground. Finally, our policy briefs cover the policies and actions toward the region from the United States, Europe, and other relevant actors, offering greater clarity into the processes by which these policies are created and the anticipated impact on the countries toward which they are geared. These TIMEP Briefs are published and updated regularly, incorporating relevant developments as they happen.

TIMEP released the following briefs in April, all of which are found in this month’s publication:

  • A law brief on Egypt’s 2019 Constitutional Amendments describes the recently passed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, which extend presidential term limits, establish the military as the protector of the constitution, and expand the authority of the president over the judicial branch. The brief also explores the context in which the referendum occurred and the crackdown around the amendments.
  • An issue brief on Egypt’s 2019 Constitutional Referendum describes the tactics used by authorities ahead of and during the vote to disenfranchise voters, quell the opposition, and inflate the voter participation rate.