THU 27 - 11 - 2014
Tunisia presidential runoff likely after 'historic' vote
Agence France Presse
TUNIS: Both leading candidates in Tunisia's first free presidential election since the 2011 revolution sparked the Arab Spring predicted a runoff as each claimed to be ahead after Sunday's vote.

The election is a milestone in the North African country where a popular uprising set off a chain of revolts that saw several Arab dictators toppled by citizens demanding democratic reform.
Biden leaves Turkey without breakthrough on Syria
ISTANBUL: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden wrapped up a key visit to Turkey Sunday without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer.

Biden’s departure came as rebel groups mounted an offensive against two Shiite villages in Aleppo province, while the jihadi group ISIS downed a regime warplane in Deir al-Zor province to the east, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for...
Personal Notes of an International Observer on the Tunisian Legislative Elections 2014
By Nazih Darwish
This is a quick technical brief of my monitoring the Tunisian Legislative elections    (between the period of October 23 – 27) in the Tozeur district in Southern Tunisia (Tozeur City, Nefta, Tameghza, Hazoua, Degache), which consisted of 123 polling stations in 48 polling centers, and 62,175 registered voters, of which 39177 voted.

1. The Independent High Electoral Commission (L’instance Supérieure Indépendante pour les Elections: ISIE) succeeded in organi...
The Arab Spring: Revolutions for Deliverance from Authoritarianism (Full Text)
Case Studies
This book is a collection of working papers and testimonies about the Arab revolutions and some of the accompanying transformations between the years 2010 and 2013 in the context of what has been termed “the Arab Spring”, presented by members and friends of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy.

The entire region is moving toward an escape from the authoritarian paradigm, which has governed the region for many decades, and entering into a long and co...
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Emad Siyam R.I.P
With great pain and sadness, we mourn the death of our friend, colleague and co-founder of the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy, Dr. Emad Siyam.

Emad, an activist and a researcher, spent years struggling for freedom, social justice and democracy in Egypt. He was arrested and sent to jail many many times in the 80s and the 90s.

In 2005 he took part in the "Kefaya" (enough) movement demonstrations opposed to Moubarak regime, and in...
The ANSD: Terrorism and repression of citizens no longer work
The ANSD: Democratic transformation has begun in our region
Early on, ISIS targeted Sunni tribal leaders
This cycle of death will only continue
Police strikes show Algeria needs reform
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