Veiling the Gains of Revolution: Political Islam in North Africa

(By Chris Beck, Department of History – University of Maryland at College Park) The revolutions that have toppled longstanding North African autocratic regimes have created a power vacuum, with all manner of political groups rushing to fill it. In this … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Maghreb Center Student Blog !

Welcome to the Maghreb Center Student blog, a site dedicated to the exploration of unfolding events in North Africa. Through featured articles, commentary, and analysis, we hope to look behind the headlines at the roots and causes of these events, as well as the multi-faceted issues that they involve.

As part of its mission to increase knowledge and understanding of  North Africa, the Maghreb Center is dedicated to supporting the study and exploration of the region’s history, culture, as well as political and economic issues. This blog features Maghreb Center interns and students’ commentaries and research work that reflect the Center’s commitment to expanding the discussion on this important region of the world.

WE WELCOME SUDENTS’ CONTRIBUTIONS !

If you want to submit a paper, an article, or an essay, please send an email to administration@maghrebcenter.org, with ”MC Student Blog Contribution” as a subject.

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Sharia and the Constitution in Post-Revolution Tunisia (Published in Jurist – University of Pittsburgh School of Law)

Sharia and the Constitution in Post-Revolution Tunisia,

by Edsel Tupaz & Joan Martinez, JURIST – Sidebar, Jan. 10, 2012, http://jurist.org/sidebar/2012/01/tupaz-martinez-tunisia.php

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Drafting New Constitutions in North Africa

Tunisia and Egypt face a crucial moment for their futures as they draft new constitutions; this moment is also exciting because it is an opportunity to implement new democratic theories, developed through both a theoretical approach to constitution-writing, and through … Continue reading

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An Evolving Relationship: The EU, North Africa, and Immigration Policy

European policy has become the most significant control on Maghrebi migration because the large majority of international migration from the Maghreb is focused on Europe.  However, it is not simply about emigration from North Africa.  The number of Sub-Saharan Africans … Continue reading

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Beyond Tahrir According to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces

Beyond Tahrir: The Trajectory of Egypt’s Transition (An event organized by the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC on 7/25/2011 with Major General Said Elassar (Assistant to Egyptian Defense Minister, Supreme Council of the Armed Forces), who discussed … Continue reading

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Constitutional Changes

Egypt and Tunisia will soon rewrite their constitutions, while Morocco has recently approved several constitutional reforms. What is the system in each country, and what is going to change? Here is an overview of the current events on constitutional reform … Continue reading

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Morocco and the Constitutional Debate

After the King’s Speech – Constitutional Reform and the Outlook for Change in Morocco (An event organized by the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC on 7/11/2011) Enders Wimbush (Senior Director, Foreign Policy & Civil Society, … Continue reading

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Tunisia: Islamists and the Upcoming Election

 In the wake of the revolution in Tunisia, many in the West, and in Tunisia itself, fear that Islamist parties will use the resultant power vacuum as an opportunity to gain significant political influence. This fear, though not unfounded, is … Continue reading

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