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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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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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