Egypt is in many ways the epicenter of the Arab world, so all eyes in the Middle East are on its uncertain future. Elsayed Amin Shalby looks at the factors that will determine developments there.
The Arab spring’s promise of freedom and equality is beginning to seem more distant than ever to Arab women. Hoda Badran traces three scenarios for post-revolution Egypt that have very different implications for women’s rights.
The EU’s reactions to the Arab spring have had merit, write Richard Youngs and Raquel C. Álvarez, but haven’t added up to a strategic vision for Europe’s role in the Middle East. They outline the elements for a new phase in EU policymaking towards the region’s new democracies
The wealth of oil reserves in some Arab countries, and internal tensions along with the Arab-Israeli conflict, have kept autocratic governments in power for many years. Samir Makdisi warns that these factors will continue to make new-found Arab democracies very vulnerable.