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Covid-19: la crise de trop pour les entreprises tunisiennes ?

Depuis la révolution du Jasmin, la Tunisie, plus jeune démocratie dans la région, vit une conjoncture économique des plus défavorables. La transition démocratique a eu pour conséquence directe une instabilité politique durable. Pas moins de huit gouvernements se sont succédé depuis 2010. La transition a aussi ébranlé l’économie du pays. La lenteur de la formation […]

Will COVID19 accelerate the process of reform within Egypt’s Coptic Church?

The head of the Coptic Church in Egypt, Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, has been leading a process of reform since he assumed the papacy in 2012. His reformist approach includes both internal measures related to religious rituals and an external one linked to rapprochement with the Catholic and Protestant churches. However, his reformist ideas […]

Sweida Protests: The Start of a New Syrian Revolution?

This paper was published in Arabic on 12 June and updated on 15 June 2020. Find it here. Introduction Since 6 June 2020, protests against deteriorating living conditions have been ongoing in the predominantly Druze city of Sweida. The political slogans chanted in the protests have reached the point of demanding the toppling of the […]

Deal of the Century Drama!

Early this year, US president Donald Trump announced his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, the deal of century. According to the US plan, “the time has come to end the conflict, and unlock the vast human potential and economic opportunity that peace will bring to Israelis, Palestinians and the region as a whole.” This plan was advertised […]

Eastern Ghouta Suffers from the Covid-19 Burden

Since recapturing Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian regime has worked with its security agencies to govern its towns. Given the fragility of state institutions after nine years of war, the Covid-19 outbreak may be one of the biggest challenges the regime faces today, especially in areas recently retaken. As the pandemic spreads with 44 cases confirmed […]

The political dimension of the Covid19 epidemic in the Middle East

Even if as a general rule authoritarian regimes might be more politically resistant than democratic ones to a high level of mortality due to the Covid-19 epidemic, they cannot prevent information from spreading, not only because of social networks but also because the population will have concrete and personal experiences of the losses. The argument […]

Covid19 in Egypt: Exploiting a pandemic to consolidate authority

As the Chinese government showcases its success in controlling the pandemic, much media attention has called into question the accuracy of the government-reported official count of coronavirus cases in China. However, beyond the Chinese government’s campaign to downplay the severity of the pandemic in China, the lack of transparency in authoritarian regimes around the world […]