The hopes of peaceful transition to democracy in Tunisia have been dented by the murder of a leading secularist figure. The event poses urgent questions of the country's new political elite, says Valentina Bartolucci.
Syria’s neighbours, including Turkey, have the most
to lose from an intensifying Syrian conflict, as they directly bear the brunt
of it. Thus it is imperative that there is some sort of dialogue across the
geopolitical divide. The EU is conspicuous in its absence.
Why is Denmark involved in Mali? European leaders should clarify when,
why and how to participate in military interventions and warfare abroad. Emerging
security challenges in nearby neighbourhood regions, together with a waning Pax
Americana, are obliging Europe to reconsider its future global role.
Responses to his death may well mark the end of the line for Islamist politics as we know it in Tunisia. It may also mark the rise of a unified opposition, which now realizes that its fight is not only, or no longer, for freedom of expression and association but an existential one, a matter of survival.
The diverse experiences of the Arab spring renew the question of whether non-violent movements are more effective than armed struggle in achieving the overthrow of authoritarian regimes, says Martin Shaw.
In the wake of the Arab uprisings some
governments may have changed but the challenges remain the same. The recent rise
to power of untested Islamist political parties means that they will have to
tackle issues for which previous governments have failed to find solutions.
As of December 2012, there were over 4,000 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli custody. The year ended in frustration for many prisoners as interest in their plight has waned, both in the international media and in Palestinian society.
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