MON 23 - 10 - 2017
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Syrian opposition leader says U.N. mediation has failed
Reuters
BEIRUT: A prominent Syrian opposition leader said on Thursday U.N. mediation to end the country's six-year conflict has failed and the revolution would continue.

Riyad Hijab, chairman of the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC), rejected comments by U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura that President Bashar Assad's opponents must accept they have not won the war.

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International rights group finds ‘assembly line’ of torture in Egypt
Maggie Michael| Associated Press
CAIRO: An international rights group says Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has given a “green light” to systematic torture inside detention facilities, allowing officers to act with “almost total impunity.” In a 63-page report released Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says Sisi, a U.S. ally who was warmly received at the White House earlier this year, is pursuing stability “at any cost,” and...
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Studies & Papers
Policy Paper: Five years after the “Arab Spring”: What happened?
By Hassan Krayem
A wave of optimism was unleashed in late 2010 that the end was neigh for authoritarian regimes in the region. This wave came in the wake of the broad-based movements in the Arab world supporting revolutions for freedom and deliverance from authoritarianism, which began in Tunisia and Egypt and then came to Libya, Yemen, Syria, and the remaining Arab countries to varying degrees. Now, a wave of severe pessimism reigns over the region, following recent developments in most of these...
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Policy Paper: Syria - May 2015
Four years from the start of the revolution
By Iyad Abdallah
From the beginning of 2011, Bashar al-Assad intended to rule out the possibility that the revolutions of change — first initiated in Tunisia, then Egypt, then spreading to other Arab countries — would come to Syria. al- Assad based his calculations on a number of factors, including his survival of the tribulations marking his recent years in power, some of which nearly ended his reign. 
Most notable among these were the American occupation and its aftermath...
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Policy Paper: Tunisia- February 2015
Does polarization pave the way for establishing a pluralistic system? or is it merely the prelude to power struggles?
By Ahmad Karoud
During the past four years, the Middle East and North Africa, in particular the countries experiencing what is known as the “Arab Spring,” have followed very different paths in the process of transitioning from authoritarian rule to regimes more closely representing the will of the people.

The Tunisian experience in the four years following “the revolution of freedom and dignity” has been marked by seismic political and social developments, making...
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Citizens
Emad Siyam R.I.P
With great pain and sadness, we mourn the death of our friend, colleague and co-founder of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy, Dr. Emad Siyam.

Emad, an activist and a researcher, spent years struggling for freedom, social justice and democracy in Egypt. He was arrested and sent to jail many many times in the 80s and the 90s.

In 2005 he took part in the "Kefaya" (enough) movement demonstrations opposed to Moubarak regime, and in...
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