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.

Blog News

11.01.2021 | Blog

A Decade of Disincentivizing Democratic Change

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the “Arab Spring”, a number of articles have been published highlighting the limits of political change –...


04.01.2021 | Blog

Democracy without Political Parties?

Parliamentary democracy in Tunisia is in dire straits, and President Kais Saied’s radical ideas could wreak havoc on the political system.


22.12.2020 | Blog

A decade of change

10 years ago, the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi was the event that led to a whole cascade of major political and social changes in North Africa...


16.12.2020 | Blog

The First Decade of the Arab Revolutionary Process

Ten years ago, on 17 December 2010, a young street vendor in the town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia sparked a political firestorm that soon...


02.10.2020 | Blog

Urbanization in the MENA region: A Benefit or a Curse?

Cities of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region share many characteristics that are not limited to their shared heritage, traditional urban...


22.09.2020 | Blog

Is Local Media in the MENA Region ready to take the Climate Crisis Seriously now?

From droughts to floods to heatwaves, communities across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been experiencing the consequences of...


10.09.2020 | Blog

Urban Resilience and the Danger of Urbanization without Urbanism

Can we live sustainably and just in cities in the future? Will land flight make cities a hotspot for environmental degradation and social injustice?


03.09.2020 | Blog

The delusion of beliefs

What makes you who you are today? If we make a list of words that would identify us as people, we will most likely include either our belief system,...


Illustration: Yara Hindawi
19.08.2020 | Blog

Migrant domestic workers and the Kafala system: the extensive network of oppression

The boundaries between the living conditions under Kafala system and slavery are vague.



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