Ruth Hanau Santini

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Ruth Hanau Santini

Ruth Hanau Santini is an Assistant Professor at the University of Oriental Studies in Naples L'Orientale and Associate Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Europe.

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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)...

Il nuovo corso di Riad: tra proclami e guerre difficili

Alla fine del 2015, l’Arabia Saudita ha annunciato la creazione di una coalizione islamica per combattere il terrorismo. Della coalizione dovrebbero fare parte ben 34 paesi della regione e il suo obiettivo principale è la lotta a gruppi terroristici, ISIS in primis ma non solo, che operano nella regione – in particolare in Iraq, Siria, Egitto, Afghanistan...

Democratic transition in Tunisia: elections, patience and a long way to go

The first round of the Tunisian presidential elections took place on November 23 in an atmosphere of strong civic engagement and great international expectations. The leader of Nidaa Tunis and a veteran of Tunisian politics, Beji Caid Essebsi, came first while Moncef al-Marzouqi, currently the interim President, came in second...

Winners and losers of the ongoing Mideast cold war

Over the past four decades, the geopolitics of the Middle East have seen one clear trend: the rise of the Gulf subcomplex. This rise was initially kicked off by 1970s petrodollar politics and Egypt’s decline and continues unabated today, although with different actors taking center stage...

A new intra-Arab cold war?

Almost three years into the post-Arab uprisings, and not one country has settled into a predictable path of peaceful political development. Previous paradigms were shaken, but new models have proven to be immature at best, or simply inadequate. First there was rhetoric of rapid democratization, which assumed the end of the authoritarian bargain and the irreversible nature of the transitions...

Dove le rivolte arabe sono iniziate: il quadro politico-economico in Tunisia ed Egitto

Le rivolte del 2010-2011 in Egitto e Tunisia si sono incentrate sul costante peggioramento dei diritti sociali ed economici nei due paesi. Con lo slogan “dignità”, si chiedeva una governance migliore, una lotta alla disoccupazione e alla corruzione, e migliori condizioni di partenza per tutti i cittadini...

Qualche spazio di manovra per il nuovo presidente iraniano

Le elezioni che si sono appena concluse in Iran, e che hanno visto la vittoria di Hassan Rohani, hanno stupito molti osservatori e studiosi: in seguito al crescente autoritarismo del regime e all’eliminazione da parte del Consiglio dei Guardiani di un consistente numero di candidati riformisti, si riteneva probabile che ci sarebbero state frodi elettorali...

Tunisia and Egypt: foreign loans and domestic consensus

For more than a year now, Tunisia and Egypt have been negotiating with international financial institutions in order to obtain significant loans at competitive rates and at acceptable conditions in terms of reforms to be implemented in return...

The EU and North Africa: defining the criteria for effective partnership

With a persistent economic downturn spreading across North Africa, ensuing social disruptions and rising political instability especially in Egypt and Tunisia, one might wonder what role Western actors are trying to play in the region...

The windy road of Arab transitions and Europe’s weak hand

Once again the Middle East is taking a series of unpredictable detours where, seemingly, nothing goes as planned...