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About Zaid Al-Ali
Zaid Al-Ali is a senior adviser on constitutional building for International IDEA. He has been following the transition processes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt closely, and was previously involved in Iraq. His latest book is "The Struggle for Iraq's Future: How Corruption, Incompetence and Sectarianism Have Undermined Democracy." He tweets @zalali
Articles by Zaid Al-Ali
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The pre-election manoeuvring in Iraq offers little hope for change that will improve the lives of a hard-pressed people, says Zaid Al-Ali.
The challenges to Iraq's authorities following the withdrawal of United States military forces from Iraq’s cities include building clean and efficient institutions that command the respect of citizens. The fight against corruption is central to the task, says Zaid Al-Ali.
Barack Obama’s appeal for “a new beginning” in America’s relationship with Islam is finding an echo across the middle east, report Karim Kasim & Zaid Al-Ali.
The campaign for Lebanon’s elections in June 2009 reflects the country's deep sectarian and ideological fissures. Indeed, the background to the vote is an extraordinary story of political tension and polarisation, which came to a climax in May 2008. In a closely-observed portrait of the country’s self-inflicted wounds, Zaid Al-Ali asks what Lebanon needs to create for itself an inclusive future.
The United States president-elect promises to withdraw troops from Iraq. Will he deliver? Barack Obama's past statements offer a less certain guide than his opposition to the Iraq war might suggest, says Zaid Al-Ali.
Lebanon's security as well as its self-interest demands a policy of humanity and respect towards the Palestinians in its midst, says Zaid Al-Ali.
The United States plan to cantonise Baghdad follows the sectarian logic of its occupation, says Zaid Al-Ali.
Whatever official narratives and recovery plans say, the real experience of Iraqis since 2003 is a collapse of livelihoods under war and occupation, says Zaid Al-Ali.
The post-2003 occupation is only the latest chapter in Washington's long, disastrous involvement in Iraq. Zaid Al-Ali tracks a bitter history and draws a lesson.
Lebanon's internal political fractures combine with regional pressures to create a perilous moment for the country, reports Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
United States politicians are rethinking their options in Iraq. But would a new policy resolve or intensify the war? Zaid Al-Ali assesses Washington's evolving agenda.
In response to the United States's deepening predicament in Iraq, influential American voices are advocating the country's partition. Zaid Al-Ali assesses Peter W Galbraith's presentation of this case in his book "The End of Iraq."
The intense sectarian violence in Baghdad is not uncontrolled but part of a conscious, organised political strategy by Shi'a and Sunni militias alike, says Zaid Al-Ali.
Lebanese and their fellow Arabs are digesting the war's lessons and debating what comes next. Zaid Al-Ali, in Beirut, reports.
Both Israel and Hizbollah find themselves committed to fresh military strategies that in combination guarantee a long war, writes Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
The effect of three years of war and occupation can be measured in the dire condition of Iraqs economy and its peoples daily lives, says Zaid Al-Ali.
Amidst violence and insecurity, the vote for a new parliament is the most important event of the year in Iraq, says Zaid Al-Ali.
The Iraqi constitution may lead to the countrys disintegration, says Zaid Al-Ali. How did Iraqis reach this point?
Iraqi politicians have a new deadline of 22 August to reach agreement on a new constitution. Zaid Al-Ali asks if extra time can resolve fundamental differences of political principle over federalism, women, and religion.
Political party games are dominating the election campaign in Lebanon, but the issues of Hizbollah and Iran cannot be long avoided, says Zaid Al-Ali in Beirut.
The domination of politics by religion is a relatively recent trend in Iraq and offers no long-term solution to Iraqs crisis, says Zaid Al-Ali.
The planning of Iraqs national elections in January 2005 is accompanied by extreme violence and political uncertainty. Zaid Al-Ali asks whether Shia divisions over participation and the extent of Iranian influence in Iraq could further inflame a dangerous situation.
A young Iraqi returns to his devastated homeland and commits himself to help rebuild its future.