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Democratization and Conflict in the Arab World: Challenges, opportunities and dangers- We were there!

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on May 31, 2011

On May 4 , the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)in Washington, D.C. hosted an exceptional conference,  organized with Georgetown University, entitled “Democratization and Conflict in the Arab World: Challenges, opportunities and dangers”. The aim of the conference was “to offer concrete, policy-relevant insights that will be of benefit to political leaders in the Arab world, as well as to policy makers and activists in the United States working in the areas of human rights, democratic change and the rule of law”.  

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Parity law adopted in Tunisia

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 21, 2011

After the political revolution that struck their country earlier this year, Tunisians are now experiencing a genuine revolution of the mind. In an earlier blog post, I worried about the length of time the Tunisian interim government was taking to implement key measures .However, recent developments have eased my fears considerably. 

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Local elections in France: Revealing rehearsal before 2012 presidential elections

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on April 08, 2011

On March 20 and 27, French voters elected their local representatives. These representatives (general counselors) are chosen town-by-town, and gather by departments and elect their president to represent their fellow voters at the regional level. In other words, French local elections are a relatively minor step in the electoral calendar that will bring France to vote for its president in May 2012.

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Yemen: Troubles despite serious negotiations

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on April 01, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.  

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- Tunisia: between hope and political instability

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 25, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change.  In a blog series introduced on March 22 , I am focusing on what's going on in Arab countries at the center of change.   

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Arab Spring of Nations: what's next? -- The Egyptian Paradox

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on March 22, 2011

The Arab world is still in trouble. Revolutionary nations Tunisia and Egypt are struggling for a successful, peaceful and democratic transition. Other peoples, especially in Yemen, Jordan and Bahrain, are still fighting for change. 

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Experts advise Proportional representation for successful transition in Arab world

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on February 25, 2011

2011 is a period of changes for the Arab world as many revolts have burst within its main countries, starting with Egypt and Tunisia. As these nations move toward their first truly free and fair elections, it will be important to implement reforms in order to ensure a peaceful and democratic transition in their societies. On this subject, political experts agree that forms of proportional representation would be a good option for Egypt in particular and, for Arab democracies in general - just as proportional voting was important in such nations as South Africa, Brazil and every nation in Eastern Europe as they moved toward free and fair elections in the 1980s and 1990s.  

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After Tunisia, Egypt is burning for Democracy

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on February 01, 2011

January 2011 has marked a crucial historical moment for the Arab world. After the Tunisian “jasmine revolution”, Egyptian people are massively demonstrating for the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The crossing destinies of Tunisia and Egypt augur a major shift in this region that knows a complicated democratization process.

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With choice voting for Oscar nominations, passion wins

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid on January 28, 2011

In the days since the nominations of the 83th Oscars’ ceremony awards were announced, the entertainment press has written quite a bit about the surprises, along with the usual talk of scandalous snubs. What should be highlighted more, we believe, is the important role of the system used to choose these nominees -- who, no matter matter happens in the final vote, are already winners.Read this article and many others on FairVote's annual coverage of the Oscars on Oscar Votes 123.

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Egypt's parliamentary elections — The roots of a democracy in denial

Posted on What's New by Wael Abdel Hamid, Arab Spring Series on January 18, 2011

In 2010, Egypt held parliamentary elections which were widely criticized at home and abroad as corrupt and anti-democratic. Of particular concern was the fate of the Muslim Brothers, who had risen to prominence as the main opposition party in the 2005 elections, only to be swept completely out of Parliament in 2010.This article makes a little overview of Egyptian institutions before analyzing the roots of the last Egyptian electoral crisis. 

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