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Voter turnout in the parliamentary elections in Egypt in 2015 did not even reach 25% and was thus as low as under Husni Mubarak, in spite of the fact that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi could then count on substantial support among the Egyptian population. This lack of interest among voters, argues the Arab Forum for Alternatives in „Egyptian parliamentary elections and the political path“, can be explained by the predictable outcome of the elections in favor of the ruling elite.
The policy brief of the AFA series “Papers Alternatives” discusses the Egyptian elections against the background of the exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood and the electoral boycott of several opposition parties. It shows why the elections cannot be considered as free and fair. In contrast to the pre-2011 elections where manipulations happened at the polling stations themselves, in 2015 major problems included the design of the electoral law as well as inflammatory campaigns in several media outlets against candidates critical of the regime. The fact that the winner was an electoral list that supported al-Sisi, yet did not have any organizational structure like the ruling party before 2011, shows that the security forces remain the only strong political actor in Egypt.
The Arab Forum for Alternatives, a think tank based in Cairo/ Egypt, is a cooperation partner of PRIF in the research project “Socioeconomic Protests and Political Transformation: Dynamics of Contentious Politics in Egypt and Tunisia Against the Background of South American Experiences”. AFA is solely responsible for the content of this policy brief.
Arab Forum for Alternatives, Egyptian parliamentary elections and the political path, AFA Papers Alternatives, 2017.
Presidential elections in the United States come at a critical time for foreign policy. The next American Administration will be facing a number of international crises, many of which associated with the Middle East. US-Russian relations have gone sour since the annexation of Crimea, which constitutes a threat to US NATO allies, and most recently over the Syrian conflict. Added to this are the remarkable escalation of terrorist operations and the unprecedented influx of refugees mostly from regions in which the US has been intervening in one way or another.
The 2016 US presidential elections are quite unique whether in terms of the candidates or the domestic context in which the elections are held. This paper focuses on the most significant domestic challenges that will face the future president of the United States, on top of which are economic issues such as growth rates, international trade, social security, taxes, and unequal pay. This is followed by the issue of citizenship, which has lately been jeopardized following police violations against African American citizens, as well as immigration and woman rights. The two candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, differ in the way they approach and offer to resolve those issues, which feature prominently in their domestic agendas.
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Dr. Layla Al-Riahi
Protecting civil rights and liberties in the light of international strategies and agreements.
(UN Global counter –terrorism strategy).
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Towards a long-term relation and the role of think tanks in this process
· Yemeni crisis…an unfinished revolution
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· Rise of the left…will it save Greece?: Reading parliamentarian elections results.
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· What is happening inside the Turkish AK (Justice and Development) party?
· Reading the Sudanese elections.
(A follow-up paper)
· Knesset Elections: a look at the united Arab list.
38 (A follow-up paper)
· Development of citizenship between liberal political philosophy and Egyptian reality.
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· The trickster and crisis of revolutionary metaphor… analysis of the Egyptian reality.
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· Social Justice and civil society: between strategies of defense and development.
French from Arabic origins: crisis of integration. A Follow –up paper
Future of Egyptian-Saudi relations in he light of regional and international changes. A Follow –up paper
Al-Azhar and Democratic transformation in Egypt. Dr. Georges Sarwat Fahmi
Syria: Military interactions momentum on a moving map. Rabha Seif Allam
Women and Citizenship: Reading the religious capital. Dr. Sameh Fawzy
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Book Review: Reinventing Democracy (From Greece to Occupy) Shimaa Elsharkawy
Policy recommendation for the European Union towards a positive role to
achieve social justice in the Arab world . Heba Khalil