Arab Spring

L’Unione Europea agli occhi del mondo arabo

Negli ultimi anni, il Nord Africa è stato una sorta di cuscinetto usato dall’Unione Europea, e da buona parte dei suoi stati membri, per risolvere alcuni urgenti problemi di politica interna...

Tunisia: master of its own weakness

For more than a year now, Tunisia has been ruled by the government headed by Youssef Chahed, sworn in on August 16, 2016 with 167 votes in favor, 22 against and five abstentions. Two of the priorities set by the Prime Minister are the war on terrorism and the fight against corruption...

Il Medio Oriente a pezzi: guerre, dittatori e dissenso

Secondo gli ultimi calcoli dell'ONU, il mondo arabo è oggi teatro del 45% degli attentati terroristici del mondo. Il 57% dei rifugiati vive qui, insieme al 47% degli sfollati. Qui si registra il 68% delle vittime di guerra...

Beyond fragmentation in the Arab States: time for a “new social contract”

Six years after the so-called “Arab Spring”, the overlapping of civil and proxy wars in Syria and Iraq, Libya and Yemen and the war on terror against the Islamic State have gradually turned the Greater Middle East into a land of conflicts, asymmetric threats and (geo)political challenges undermining the stability and legitimacy of the regional order...

Tunisia: the perils of democratic complacency and popular discontent

How will Tunisia look in 2017? What challenges will define its evolution and future trajectory? The country experienced its first democratic elections in 2011, then another round (both legislative and presidential) in 2014, and is now awaiting a municipal electoral law before holding local elections in 2017 (or 2018 at the latest)...

Development strategies and industrial policy in North Africa: how to seize opportunities

Recent events have continued to remind us of the importance of North African countries (NA5) for the political stability of the European Union’s Southern border. Political instability and sluggish growth in North African countries have been often associated with a slow development of market economies in the region...

The thorns in the side of Tunisia's young democratic process

The Tunisian Revolution is regarded as the most successful experience of democratic transition in the Arab Spring countries. The military did not try to hijack, as it was the case in Egypt, nor did it turn it into a civil war, as it did in Syria and Yemen, or to pure chaos like in Libya...

Le transizioni arabe: un’innovazione politica tuttora in corso

Le primavere arabe del 2011 furono un evento sorprendente per varie ragioni – a cominciare dalla presunta “immutabilità” dei regimi al potere in quella parte del mondo, che si dava praticamente per scontata...

Why Algeria remains stable: past lessons and new challenges

Five years after the Arab Spring, Algeria is the isolated case in North Africa where stability and security still reign. In the aftermath of the 2011 revolutions, several countries continue to be affected by political change, including Tunisia, Egypt and to a much larger extent Libya...

Le monarchie del Golfo fra rivolte e petrolio basso: Stato e società in evoluzione

Per l’Arabia Saudita e le altre monarchie del Golfo, il crollo del prezzo degli idrocarburi potrebbe avere un impatto socio-politico maggiore di quello delle “primavere arabe” di cinque anni fa...