Yemen’s Houthis and Former President Saleh: An Alliance of Animosity
Despite six years of fighting between Houthi rebels and the Yemeni army under former President Ali Abdullah Saleh before his ouster in 2012, Saleh and the Houthis have formed a close political alliance and they have stood together against domestic adversaries and a coalition of regional powers.
Youth Radicalisation in Egypt and the Complicated Relationship to Violence
Exploring the narratives of young radicalised Egyptians shows differences between those who have chosen violence and those who have been only ideologically swayed, and explains why these choices express themselves differently in Egypt and abroad.
The Algerian Constitution: Lip-service to Safeguards
Djabi explains the Algerians’ critical stance towards the recent amendments by reviewing the disappointing experience with previous constitutions and examining the way President Bouteflika handled them. He raises questions about the implications of the amendments for the post-Bouteflika period and the 2019 forthcoming presidential elections.
From Proselytising to Ruling: The Experience of Morocco’s Justice and Development Party
Abdelali Hamieddine considers the changes of Morocco’s Islamist party to a practicing political civil one and presents its unique experience in the Arab World as worthy of consideration by modern Islamist movements.
Sabr Darwish reviews the experience of Douma, Qalaat al-Madiq and Tasil local councils in providing services and assesses their performance and the challenges facing their independence at a time of war.
Warring Brothers: Power Struggle and the Fate of Reforms in Iraq
The multilayered negotiations among Iraqi political forces to form a new cabinet, and the paralysis of state institutions, conceal the multifaceted power struggle between the various Iraqi political blocs and in particular within the Shiite bloc.
North-Eastern Syria: From Marginalisation to Extremism… What Next?
Defeating extremism in north-eastern Syria requires an understanding of the social fabric of the region, working closely with its local communities and ending the historic marginalization and discrimination against them.