Category: Regions

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 5: Relative Calm in (formerly) War-Ridden Countries: Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories

While several Arab republics have witnessed regime transitions, there are some other republics that  have experienced only very limited unrest. The republics that faced little or no major unrest during the Arab Spring are Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian…

Syria and Broader Trends in International Diplomacy: Part 1, The United States

The agreement reached in Geneva on 14 September between Russia and the United States over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons is an interesting example of inter-state cooperation against the backdrop of international crisis. Although it looked as though…

The Life and (Rumoured) Death of the Modern Political Party

Our current culture of political analyses, with many polls considered, has created a space for frequent declarations proclaiming the death of one political party or another. Such political foretelling happens so often and so quickly that it is now a…

Khmer News: Protests in Cambodia

Although it received little media attention, Cambodia’s civil society has been actively campaigning and protesting for a more transparent, fair, and free democracy since the contested parliamentary elections in July. On Wednesday, October 23rd, the 22nd anniversary of the Paris…

Egypt’s “Somber Mood:” Bassem Youssef’s al-Barnamej Suspended

Critics of the post-revolutionary leadership in Egypt have lost an ally. By censoring Bassem Youssef’s al-Barnamej (“The Program”) show, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has expanded his military rule over a somber misr. The surgeon-turned-satirist has been an open critic of…

Wrapping Up the Arab Spring (2011-2013) Part 4: Monarchical Persistance and Consolidation – GCC, Jordan, Morocco

So far, it seems that republics in the Middle East were far more affected by uprisings than their monarchical counterparts.  While the presidents of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen were ousted and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad severely challenged, the eight monarchs…

State Cohesion: Finding The Narrative In Afghanistan

News coverage of political developments in Afghanistan evokes a unique sense of chaos and confusion. Headlines on Afghan politics focus on a wide range of issues, such as the Taliban insurgency, the drug trade, the approaching American military withdrawal, government…

“Luxury and Prosperity” On Patrol in Dubai

  Meet the newest addition to the police fleet in Dubai: a customized, green and white 2013 Ferrari. Estimated at 300,000 USD, the vehicle not only exudes luxury and prosperity but also advertises the Emirate’s police website in Arabic and…

Protecting Justice or Picking on Africa? The AU and the ICC

African leaders concluded recently that they would not opt out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). However, many of them have demanded reforms. For example, some leaders have called for the ICC to avoid prosecuting sitting African heads of state.…