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Yemen’s Federal Alternative: A Path to an Enduring Peace?
Yemen’s experience with a decentralized government system as a way to prevent the monopoly of power has been repeatedly interrupted. Can the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference and a draft constitution opting for a federal state ensure the path to an enduring peace? Read More
Tunisia: Human Rights Organizations and the State
The state’s attempts at confronting the consequences of economic failures in Tunisia has translated into clashes with successive social protests in ways that have violated fundamental rights. Read More
Human Rights and the State in Morocco: Impact of the 20 February Movement
The 2011 movement has revitalized the human rights approach to politics and social problems, and culminated a decades-long struggle to peacefully and gradually move to a social rights-based contract with the state. Such a state of affairs no longer seems far off. Read More
Podcast: The Challenges Facing Social Mobilization in Egypt
In the aftermath of the 2011 uprising, the Arab Reform Initiative launched a series of studies that captured the spirit of the Tahrir gatherings and the social mobilization that flourished during the window of opportunity that briefly opened.
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Reforming the Judiciary in Morocco: A Compiled Report
In the face of manipulation, interference and even outright control by many governments in the region, law-makers and judges in several Arab countries have launched campaigns to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and protect the credibility and prestige of its members
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Iraq: Eroded Institutions, Sectarianism and Iranian Influence
Iran’s increasing influence inside Iraq encouraged governing Iraqi political actors to use the Constitution and other laws to further sectarianize the country, crippling the functioning of Iraqi institutions. Read More
The State and Human Rights Organizations in Egypt: A Problem of Political Culture or a Structural Crisis?
Egyptian rights groups must build wider social and political networks and alliances to enable them to influence state decisions and represent rights holders to be able to confront a context of restrictions and a status quo that blocks the construction of a modern democratic state. Read More
KRG Referendum: A Unilateral Decision within a Polarized Region
The aftermath of the referendum brought to the fore the ongoing rivalry between Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. It also gave Baghdad an opportunity to further meddle in internal Kurdish rifts. Read More