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    Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

by Rory McCarthy
It is now nearly seven years since uprisings brought down authoritarian rulers across the Arab world, but only in Tunisia have there been significant achievements in consolidating a new democracy. There are two contradictory conclusions to draw from this. Either the Tunisian political process offers vital insights that might be applicable in other Arab countries, or the […]

Morocco and the GCC: between Saudi Arabia and Qatar

by David Hernández Martínez

Upon the outbreak of the Arab Spring, relations between Morocco and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council rapidly solidified. In just six years the association between Rabat and (respectively) Riyadh, Doha and Dubai has grown considerably, with common concerns ranging from the economic to the strategic. These close ties may now be hampered due to the crisis […]

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    Book Review – Fatima el-Issawi’s ‘Arab National Media and Political Change’

Book Review – Fatima el-Issawi’s ‘Arab National Media and Political Change’

by Monica Ibrahim

‘I wish I could just go back to being a journalist’, said Lamees El Hadidi, Egypt’s top TV talk show host when she spoke to a crowd in autumn 2016. These words left me perplexed. Egypt’s top journalist, whose show draws an audience of millions, had disclaimed the core of her daily job. I was left with […]

Moroccan National Media: A Reflection of Societal Divisions

by Fatima El-Issawi

My stay in Morocco over the summer of last year to conduct field research on the the state of Moroccan national media following the pro-democracy movement of 20 February 2011 was buzzing with debate. From my meetings with journalists and media stakeholders, I have kept memories of long discussions filled with both enthusiasm and bitterness. However, I […]

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