Challenging History: The Power of Transitional Justice in Tunisia – by Luca Urech

On December 15th, 2013, Tunisia’s National Constituent Assembly adopted comprehensive Transitional Justice legislation aimed at dealing with the country’s past of human rights abuses. The new legislation contrasts with ad-hoc transitional justice measures adopted by the first two caretaker governments that followed the Ben-Ali regime. Drawing upon a legal analysis of the new Transitional Justice law, this article suggests that it embarks the country on to a truth-seeking journey that has the potential to rewrite the modern history of Tunisia.

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Negotiating With the PKK: Catastrophe or Cure? by Samantha Smith

In early 2013, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that he was negotiating with the jailed head of the PKK Abdullah Ocalan as part of a new initiative to address the Kurdish question. Many are optimistic for the potential success of the current negotiations, claiming that it is a historic window of opportunity to bring […]

P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland

Chances and challenges for the use of secret back-channels: the case of US-Iranian negotiations – by Stefan Maetz

This paper aims to show the role that secret back-channels can play in negotiations. After a theoretical analysis of back-channel negotiations, it will examine what factors contribute to the failure of initiating negotiations, with particular reference to a proposal made by Iran in 2003 which offered the U.S. the possibility to negotiate a comprehensive agreement […]

Responses to revolutions: A comparative analysis of the actions of the Muslim Brotherhood branches in Egypt and Syria in the wake of the Arab Spring – by Molly Blessing

The Muslim Brotherhood is generally believed to be the most influential Islamist organization in the world, serving as the flagship for Sunni Islamist movements. Decisions made by the Brotherhood hold especial significance in light of the recent upheavals known as the Arab Spring. An active group in several of the countries involved, the Brotherhood’s actions […]

Explaining Protests in the Gulf Monarchies During the Arab Uprisings: The Role of Coalitions, Oil and International Influences – by Andreas Kaufmann

This article aims to explain why the six Gulf monarchies Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain experienced such varying degrees of protest during the Arab uprisings in 2011 and why Bahrain experienced mass protest while the other five monarchies did not. This article argues that the reason for the monarchies’ […]

Op-ed: Chaos in Iraqi Kurdistan? by Elayne Stecher

The recent flare-up of tensions between Baghdad and Erbil over the exportation of Iraqi oil to Turkey has fueled the international media’s preoccupation with ethno-sectarianism and the vulnerability of the state in post-Saddam Iraq. Subsequent predictions by international media outlets of an imminent breakdown of order in the north of Iraq ignore the complex reality […]

The World Bank in the MENA Region, a Conversation with Inger Andersen – by Jack Berger

During the EPIIC Conference on the Future of the Middle East and North Africa at Tufts University, co-editor Jack Berger sat down with Inger Andersen, the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region for the World Bank to discuss issues of unemployment, governance, and sustainability in the region.

Daniel Markey on the Evolving U.S.–Pakistan Relationship – by Sukanya Banerjee and Michael Mori

Daniel Markey, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, Pakistan’s domestic situation, the U.S. drone program, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and reconciliation with the Taliban.

Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group, on the Syrian civil war – by Mike Airosus

Noah Bonsey, Senior Analyst with the International Crisis group based in Beirut, discusses the recent developments in the Syrian civil war, including the impact of the chemical weapons deal, the implications of increased violence in Lebanon, and the upcoming Geneva II talks scheduled for January 22nd in Switzerland.

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“When She Stands Among Men”: Sexual Harassment of Women at Political Protests in Cairo, January 2011 – August 2013

The authors, Serena Hollmeyer Taylor, Amy Tan, Phoebe Sloane, Maggie Tiernan, and Faiqa Mahmood are all students or alumni of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.   Introduction             Between January 2011 and August 2013 there were over 700 cases of sexual harassment reported in Cairo.[1] These cases include everything from catcalling to groping to rape […]

Op-Ed: Diversification without Disintegration – by Ameya Naik

  His Highness The Aga Khan reflects on the challenges of developing a cosmopolitan and pluralistic society in the information age. “…to remain empathetically open to the Other in a diversifying world is a continuing struggle of central importance for all of us.” This piece draws from the 88th Annual Stephen Ogden Lecture, delivered by […]

Op-ed: US Policy in Egypt Inconsistent and Counterproductive – by Seth Binder and Amrou Kotb

American inconsistent policy has only exacerbated the problems of Egypt’s transition and adversely affected US interests. The US stands a much better chance of serving its interests by articulating and executing policies aligned with its calls for inclusive democracy.


Op-ed: Women’s Rights in Egypt: An Unlikely Opportunity – by Faiqa Mahmood

A government led by the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) provides a unique opportunity for the promotion of women’s rights in Egypt. To mark a successful chapter in the struggle for greater rights for women, religious and secular civil society actors must unite and build on their strong common ground.

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