Bahrain’s Decade of Discontent

July 2013

When this small island kingdom in the Gulf joined the wider Arab world’s political upheavals in March 2011, it was a reaction to regional events, but also a reflection of internal problems that had been festering for a decade.

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Jordan: The Ruse of Reform

July 2013

The Hashemite monarchy still fails to understand the challenges that threaten Jordan’s political order. The old playbook of limited, manipulated reform is no longer enough, but key players fail to realize it.

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Arab Democracy or Islamist Revolution?

January 2013

Although Olivier Roy and others argue that current circumstances will push ascendant Islamist parties in a democratic direction, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood remains committed to the revolutionary goals that have animated it since its beginnings.

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There Will Be No Islamist Revolution

January 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood is no longer a revolutionary movement, but rather a conservative one.

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Egypt: Why Liberalism Still Matters

January 2013

Egypt’s liberals, though they do not dominate political life and perhapsnever will, remain a crucial force in shaping the country’s politics.

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