Posts tagged with "MENA"



Samara Klar, one of my colleagues at the University of Arizona, started womenalsoknowstuff.com, a wonderful website to diversify academic voices in the Media. I am listed (search for my last name) and welcoming media contacts about my research areas.
Many European observers had initially hoped the Arab Spring would lead to similar democratic outcomes in the Middle East and North Africa as occurred in the 1990s across Central and Eastern Europe, but we now know it did not. According to Freedom House, the countries in the MENA region are less free now than they were before the protests began. Libya and Syria are de facto failed states, and Egypt is under military rule; Tunisia is the lone exception. Meanwhile, those regimes that stayed in...
In his recent article on POLITICO "Why political Islam is winning" Charles Hill did not convince me that the democratic world as we know it is coming to an end. Point taken: today the relics of the Arab Spring protest seem like the final backlash against democracy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) but the overall picture is not as dark as its seems in the article. Let me explain why. First, it is wrong to put political Islam on the same footing as the Islamic State. While the former is...