Jordan’s monarchy, having survived the initial wave of Arab uprisings in 2011, is now “confident that it can maintain stability without making major compromises on political or institutional reforms,” according to a new paper by Tareq al Naimat, a visiting journalist at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.
Senior Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom have released a video denouncing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the militant group which has declared a caliphate in the parts of Iraq and Syria that it controls.
Morocco’s Islamists, like their counterparts in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere, succeeded in elections following the 2011 Arab uprisings. But the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) has managed to stay in government while Islamist parties elsewhere have resigned or have been forced out of government.
Egypt is facing a dire human rights crisis, according to a new report by Amnesty International. Security forces have “enjoyed near-total impunity for such human rights violations, government opponents, activists and journalists have been jailed for criticizing the authorities or challenging their narrative of events since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi,” according to the wide-ranging report.
On June 21, senior State Department officials called on Egypt’s government to take a “very politically inclusive approach” and find ways to reach out to the Muslim Brotherhood.
On June 4, former President Mohamed Morsi urged Egyptians to continue their non-violent revolution in message posted on his Facebook account. “All free nations have not recognized this criminal putschist regime thanks to Egyptians' continuing Revolution and their adherence to non-violence," he wrote.
Mainstream Islamist movements across the Arab world have struggled to close the gap — or, really, even define the gap — between religious ideals and the mundane realities of everyday politics.
Hezbollah has shown that will back Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s regime by any means necessary, according to a new International Crisis Group report. The Lebanese Shiite militia has helped the regime fight the Syrian opposition at least since mid-2012.
Some 72 percent of Egyptians are dissatisfied with their country’s direction, according to a new Pew Research poll. Nearly a year after President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster, about 54 percent of Egyptians prefer a stable government while 44 percent prefer a democratic one.
In Yemen, unlike in most other Arab countries, Sunni Islamists have had more than a decade of experience in politics, according to a U.S. Institute of Peace report.