Last weekend, major changes were made at Tunisia’s national congress. We published three excellent pieces about it on the Monkey Cage: Michael Robbins wrote about how, five years after the revolution, more and more Tunisians support democracy. Rory McCarthy explained
POMEPS Studies 18 — March 28, 2016 The early months of 2016 mark five years since the eruption of the Arab uprising. The region’s wars, failed transitions, resurgent authoritarianism, and spiraling sectarianism and Islamist extremism make for a grim anniversary.
By Ian M. Hartshorn *This memo was prepared for the “Evolving Methodologies in the Study of Islamist Politics” Researchers in this collection have usefully questioned the notion of Islamism as an analytic category. What constitutes “religious” politics is too often
Five years ago today, a 26-year-old Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, lit himself on fire to protest government corruption. His suicide sparked the Arab uprisings. Today, Tunisia is the only country from the Arab Spring that has a fledgling democracy.
New POMEPS Briefing: “Tunisia’s Volatile Transition to Democracy” Last month, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work shepherding a peaceful transition of power. What lessons can be learned from Tunisia, and what challenges
POMEPS Brief #27 — Tunisia’s Volatile Transition to Democracy (PDF) On October 9, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work shepherding a peaceful transition of power. This accolade highlighted Tunisia’s success creating compromise
In the Monkey Cage, we had a two-part series on Yemen. Mareike Transfeld, of Freie Universität Berlin, explained why Yemen’s transition to political stability was doomed to fail. Chatham House’s Peter Salisbury looked at how Yemen’s United Nations mediation could
In the Monkey Cage, Mark R. Beissinger, Amaney A. Jamal, and Kevin Mazur (all of Princeton University) examine the contrasting strategies of the Tunisian and Egyptian regimes preceding the uprisings. Mark Tessler spoke at POMEPS this week about his latest book, Islam and Politics in the
POMEPS congratulates Sarah Bush on the upcoming release of her first book, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators. By consulting three decades of new project-level data, case studies of democracy assistance, and primary documents gathered
By Monica Marks, University of Oxford *This memo was prepared for the “Islamist Politics in the Shadow of the Islamic State” workshop, January 23, 2015. Conventional wisdom in academic and policy circles asserts that Tunisia’s Islamist party, Ennahda, compromised only