Tunisian secularist wins first presidential round, heads for run-off

Tunisian secularist leader Beji Caid Essebsi has narrowly beaten incumbent President Moncef Marzouki in the first round of a landmark presidential election, but the two frontrunners must meet again in a December run-off. The vote for Tunisia’s first directly elected president marks the final step in the North African state’s transition to full democracy following […]

Siniora: Arab spring has has lifted the genie out of the bottle

During his speech titled “Arab world in transition – transitions, challenges and opportunities” at the university of Harvard in Cambridge Massachusetts , marking the start of the Harvard Arab weekend Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Fouad Siniora commented about the Arab Spring by saying.

The Inevitability of the Arab Spring

by Ghassan Karam The uprisings in the Arab world did not take me by surprise. I am not implying that I knew, with any precision, when these uprisings would erupt but I am merely referring to the fact that I have been predicting such an upheaval for decades. This does not make me a seer […]