Libya: A flawed electoral system at the root of the conflict?

“In a sense, in Libya the cart was put before the horse, […] they had elections before they had any of the institutions that in most circumstances really give elections meaning” For War… Continue reading

Security Sector Reform in Tunisia: A lost cause?

In the wake of the Ben Ali regime, Security Sector Reform in Tunisia still remains  a major challenge for the nascant democratic state. Civil society organizations, Dr. Moncef Kartas (project coordinator of the… Continue reading

Tunisia: Growing pains of a nascent democracy

“To democracy there is more than just having a constitution and conducting elections” In a critical reflection on the current Tunisian political situation, Dr Moncef Kartas (project coordinator of the North Africa Security Assessment,… Continue reading

The Legacy of the Arab Spring in Tunisia

“The euphoria for the Arab spring has disappeared in Tunisia. […] There is a high sense of insecurity, […] also due to the tendency for sensationalism and lack of professionalism of Tunisian media”… Continue reading

Killing Al-Baghdadi: the end of the Caliphate or part of the narrative?

“IS and all jihadis believe that there is going to be war until the day of reckoning. A Caliphate will be re-constituted before the end times. But there are 12 Caliphs before the… Continue reading

The Folly of Bombing the Islamic State

“Bin Laden was very proud that he had only spent 500.000 dollars on the 9/11 attacks. The US in response to those attacks has probably spent 3 trillion dollars. So as a return… Continue reading

Jihadis from the West

“The romance of jihad is not that different from the romance that leftist communists had for the republican side during the Spanish Civil War” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department of Near… Continue reading

Bernard Haykel on Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State

“IS is a symptom of a deep feeling amongst Sunni Arabs of being disenfranchised. […] It is the same sentiment that led to the emergence of Al-Qaeda.” Professor Bernard Haykel of Princeton University’s Department… Continue reading