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About Jan Völkel

Jan Claudius Völkel is Visiting Professor and DAAD longterm lecturer at Cairo University, Euro-Mediterranean Studies Programme and Regional Coordinator for North Africa and the Middle East at the Bertelsmann Transformation Index.

Articles by Jan Völkel

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Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why are so many people dying in the Mediterranean?

Why are so many people dying in the Mediterranean and what can we do about it?

Why almost nobody participated in the Egyptian parliamentary elections

Awaited for more than two years, the first round of parliamentary elections in Egypt has bluntly confirmed the widespread disillusion of many voters about the country's political system.

If democracy in Egypt cannot be stimulated directly, it can be promoted by example

It seems that the accusations of hypocrisy towards western actors, often heard in the Arab world, are not completely wrong.

Feeble captain in troubled waters: Algeria’s foreign relations after Bouteflika’s re-election

The current triple crisis also constitutes a chance for Algeria. More than ever it becomes clear that the country is indispensable for a solution of the security problems in the region.

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.

Who wants democracy in Egypt? Many!

Barbara Zollner asks: Who wants democracy in Egypt?, as there are increasingly obvious signs that democracy is in retreat in the country. However, the answer is still simple: many. The question is more what type of democracy the Egyptians want – and here many things remain to be discussed.

Red card for Morsi, yellow card for democracy

The red card for Morsi is at the same time a serious yellow card for democracy in Egypt. It will bring future prospects for democracy into deep trouble.

Underrated legislations: Arab parliaments could play a crucial transformational role

Arab parliaments have traditionally played a largely ceremonial and self-serving role in politics. But now, they must take a leading role in the renewal of democracy in the Middle East.

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