FES MENA Blog

From Beirut to Khartoum and from Rabat to Teheran, our FES colleagues, partners as well as guest contributors share their insights from the ground and offer food for thought on current developments in the MENA region.

The views expressed in this blog series are not necessarily those of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.


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21.09.2022 | Blog

Will COP27 in Egypt be the turning point for more climate justice in the MENA region?

Since the 2016 UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco (COP22), the 2022 conference (COP27) will once again be hosted by a country in the MENA region:...


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What’s so feminist about feminist foreign and development policies?

Adopting feminist foreign and development policies is becoming a trend in many Global North countries, sparking questions around the co-optation of...


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Can Iraq’s democracy still be saved?

The storming of the Iraqi parliament by supporters of Al-Sadr were motivated by years of political impasse — threatening Iraq's democracy and peace


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Young Feminist Dynamics, New Stakes

Since their inception in the mid-eighties, and for over more than two decades, Moroccan feminist organizations have been instrumental in advocating...


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12.07.2022 | Blog

Psychology of Crowds: why rational discourse does not cross the minds?

In Tunisia and all over the world, populist personalities manage to reach power by borrowing an irrational discourse that uses emotions to the...


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How women in the Global South reclaim feminism

Women protest denouncing the violence that took place against them at an earlier protest against the military in Sudan.


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Youth Initiatives in Egypt Defy Patriarchy Unconventionally

“I staged a sit-in at home. I hung up posters around the apartment to challenge my parents who would not let me head to Maydan”, recounts a woman in...


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From Margin to Centre: Feminist Blogging as Political Practice

This piece explores the ways in which feminist blogging has the potential of re-politicizing feminist movements and offers an overview of the...


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What’s left of Lebanon’s 2019 uprising?

This weekend’s Lebanese elections likely won’t break sectarian neoliberal parties’ grip on power. That’s also because the left is too weak and divided


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What the Russian invasion means for Syria

The war in Ukraine has made a political solution in Syria even more unlikely. Meanwhile, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating dramatically.


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