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The meaning of good governance in the Arab world (Mohamed ElBaradei, Al Jazeera)

My work as a diplomat and an international civil servant necessitated spending many years away from home. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel around the world and become familiar with many cultures and peoples. Perhaps one of the most important lessons I learned that shaped my vision and my thinking is […]

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Professional Associations: Assessing their Potential as Actors of Change (Arab Reform Initiative)

The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) launched today its e-book entitled “Between the Importance of Roles and Challenges of Organization and Representation: Independent Professional Associations in the Arab world”. This e-book is part of ARI’s research efforts to better understand elements and conditions of change in the Arab world, as well as its main actors. Specifically, […]

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How Confucius Institutes in the Arab World Shape Positive Perceptions of China (Roie Yellinek, The Jamestown Foundation)

Much has been written about Confucius Institutes (CI) in the West, but this tool of Chinese influence does not receive much attention for its activities in the Arab world. This article aims to fill this gap. CIs, which operate in universities worldwide, are managed by the Hanban (汉办), the Office of Chinese Language Council International, […]

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Arab World – The Arab Spring has been misunderstood (Al Jazeera)

Safwan Masri A decade after the Arab Spring, Westerners’ perceptions of events and Arabs’ perceptions of themselves remain muddled. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/4/18/the-misunderstood-arab-spring

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Arab World – Why Nation-State Is the Only Solution to the Arab World’s Identity Crisis (Valdai Discussion Club)

Ebtesam Al-Ketbi The Arab world has been unable until this moment to produce its own integrated intellectual, cultural and pragmatic project that can understand the language of the future and the rapidly increasing knowledge and bring people together. In case that happens, it will have the rug pulled out from under those who raise religious […]

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(Arab World) There is a long road ahead for Arab journalists and free speech (Al Jazeera)

Rana Sabbagh Since the Arab Spring, the media has been muzzled, but independent voices and a new US president offer hope. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/15/the-long-road-ahead-for-arab-journalists-and-free-speech

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(Arab World) Heavy lies the crown: The survival of Arab monarchies, 10 years after the Arab Spring (Brookings)

Yasmina Abouzzohour Ten years ago, the Arab uprisings unseated four “presidents for life” in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Yemen. The Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) eight monarchs were spared, although many of their countries experienced moderate or significant unrest, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan, and Morocco. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and […]

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ARAB WORLD – ‘Atomised’ Society and Politics in the Arab World (Nourhan ElSheikh, Valdai Discussion Club)

As we’ve grown into an atomised world, something has changed within us. In creating a system for individuals and not for the community, we have fundamentally changed people’s capacity to live a non-atomised life, form healthy bonds, and maintain them. This personal psychosocial conflict entails confusion about one’s social role and a sense of isolation, […]