MON 20 - 8 - 2018
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Still no answers on Razan Zaitouneh’s disappearance
Bassem Mroue| Associated Press
DOUMA, Syria: Razan Zaitouneh earned enemies on all sides of her homeland’s civil war. One of Syria’s most well-known rights activists, she was bold, outspoken and defiantly secular.

Perhaps most dangerously, she was impartial. She chanted in protests against President Bashar Assad, but was also unflinching in documenting abuses by rebels fighting to oust him.

Then she vanished.

Her fate has...
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Tunisian leader proposes equality on inheritances
TUNIS: Tunisia’s president Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law.

The North African Muslim country, which toppled autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, grants women more rights than other countries in the region, and since last year has allowed Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men.

But in a show how divided society remains, thousands demonstrated Saturday in...
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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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L’ECOLOGIE DE LA DEMOCRATIE
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