This week's guest editors

Tunisia, from hope to delivery

Tunisia has turned a political corner. But great economic problems remain which require careful management and good government, says Francis Ghilès.

The Arab Spring popular uprisings – myth and reality

It is critical to recognize the significance of this revolutionary chapter in the modern history of the Middle East and the creative conceptions and articulations of resistance that shattered the system of domination, particularly the popular roots of these uprisings amongst the urban and rural poor.

Truth is the legacy we want

An op-ed from six youth activists in countries where official truth seeking initiatives are underway or being demanded reveals commonalities in the search for dignity, truth and acknowledgment of crimes. 

Ask a professional: security and democracy in Tunisia

The choice is so easily reduced to a zero sum calculation between security and democracy: the ‘apparatus’ having a considerable interest in making people feel sufficiently insecure to renounce the democratic process in exchange for security. An interview.

Women’s rights in the new Tunisian constitution

The constitution was voted in during a period when belief in the status quo changing had lost all traction. Due to the security situation, public opinion was dominated by fear. As such, Tunisia's transition will have to take place on a different level, namely in the field of legislation and legal practice.

Splintering Tunis

Three years after the revolution, Tunisia is searching for a new urban identity.

The Arab Spring and the changing balance of global power

From an empirical-analytical point of view, what has happened in the Middle East and North Africa since Mohammed Bouazizi died? This is not an opinion piece, but an assessment of underlying factors which have put pressure on the aspiration for justice and political reform launched by the Arab Spring. (5,000 words) 

Governance in the Arab world: history on the run

The hopes that inspired the "Arab spring", of jobs as well as freedom, have hit a rock. But the setbacks since 2011 are part of a wider reordering of the global as well as the Arab landscape. Three years on, Francesc Badia i Dalmases assesses a fluid period.

This week's window on the Middle East - February 18, 2014

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Photojournalism in the Palestinian Territories.

Tunisia’s new constitution: progress and challenges to come

Most Tunisians agree that their new constitution is an advance, despite the imperfections. The people’s new democratic spirit is what will make Tunisia a success, and it will hopefully serve as an inspiration for the entire Arab region in times to come.  (4,485 words)

Corruption, the common denominator in Tunisia

An ordinary citizen in Tunisia must ask if the new constitution will change anything in the near future. There are only two things that will give hope; to see projects being implemented, and to see those who manipulate the system being tried.

The surprising success of the Tunisian parliament

Surrounded by the pressure of Islamists and civil activists, Tunisia’s deputies have managed to achieve something unique in the Arab world: making the parliament the centrepiece of political discourse and power. The failure of Egypt – as perverse as it might sound – was another factor that strongly contributed to Tunisian success.

The Tunisian arts of compromise

The biggest risk is that Tunisia’s politicians consider the past constitution-making as a painful, one-off exercise in negotiation and compromise, imposed by voting rule technicalities, rather than taking pride in setting a precedent for the country’s democratic culture and the region.

حركة النهضة التونسية، ربما تعلمت من أزمات جماعة الإخوان المصرية وحزب العدالة والتنمية التركي، احتضنت الحلول الوسط لتظل ذات أهمية فاعلة في المستقبل

 مرة أخرى، يجد الشعب التونسي وممثليهم فرصة لإثبات أن الربيع العربي لم يكن مجرد شبح أوجدته الصدفة، أن اللاعنف هو السبيل الوحيد للتغيير الاجتماعي البناء ، أن الإسلام منسجم  مع مبادئ الديمقراطية، وأن السلطوية ليست الضامن الوحيد للأمن والاستقرار كما يدعي البعض

Tunisia’s Ennahda movement, maybe learning from Egypt and Turkey, compromises to remain relevant

Once again, the people have a chance to prove that the Arab Spring was not a fluke, that non-violence is the only constructive path for social change, that Islam is compatible with representative governance, and that authoritarianism is not the only guarantor of security and stability. العربية

Al-Qaida's idea, three years on

The Arab awakening promised democratic change and the end of violent jihadism. Today, the losers of 2010-11 are again on the rise.

This week's window on the Middle East - December 18, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week: Water, water, everywhere.

Tunisian journalist Fahem Boukadous on press freedom

Fahem Boukadous, an outspoken critic of Tunisia’s record on press freedom, speaks about the political challenges facing Tunisia, three years after the Jasmine Revolution which ended the repressive regime of Ben Ali. Interview by Malachy Browne.

The Tunisian revolution three years on

Tunisia has moved from a romantic story to a testing ground for transnational political Islam, the global strength of the market economy and the potential for progressive politics and a new way of being in our world.

Tunisia: security sector reform

Robert Joyce

Three years since the slogan “no fear after today” spread through Tunisia, police and security forces still operate without any meaningful accountability.

Getting transition right

Gathering in Salzburg, Austria looks at improving diversity and inclusion in the post-revolution MENA region.

This week's window on the Middle East - November 20, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, MENA doctors in trouble.

MENA doctors in trouble

Practitioners have regularly addressed funding deficiency and pandemic mismanagement in the last years, but no adequate response has been given. As is often the case in such stalemates, protesters go on strike to draw attention. 

This week's window on the Middle East - October 25, 2013

Arab Awakening's columnists offer their weekly perspective on what is happening on the ground in the Middle East. Leading the week, Egypt's most powerful man tries to tame the media.

Women and the Arab Spring: tough choices to make

Should women’s movements support a national revolution based on patriarchal principles?

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