It was the poor state of local government that kicked off Tunisia's revolution – and now the country is fixing itself where it counts.
The executions on the weekend are notable for the sheer number of people killed. However, they maintain a policy of political crackdown that was reinvigorated in Saudi Arabia during the Arab Spring.
Why did a hacktivist collective like Anonymous repurpose the image of Guy Fawkes for its ubiquitous masks? A scholar looks at how a 17th-century English villain became the face of resistance.
The annulment of the Tlokwe byelection results is a blow for the governing ANC. It has had a torrid 2015 and faces difficult local government elections early next year.
The "deep state" has been a problem in Algeria for decades, but at last it's being turfed out. Or is it?
We don't really know how much international migration will be prompted by climate change. But everyone agrees the issue is big - perhaps too big to resolve at the Paris talks.
The Paris atrocities came just as Assad's military position was improving. Can the dictator harness international fury at Islamic State to strengthen his position in Syria?
Western leaders insist that engaging with authoritarian regimes promotes human rights. They are missing the point.
When the 'Arab street' came to Downing Street, passions ran high and fear and loathing were in the air.
Arguably the Arab spring's one true success story, Tunisia is getting the recognition it deserves.
There is enormous potential for long term and genuine change if universities change their approach to dissent – and reinvent themselves as more agile institutions.
Massive youth unemployment and a legal system left over from dictatorship days are still holding Tunisia back.
With Libya carved up by warring factions, the UN has offered up a directionless and toothless peace plan.
How realistic are expectations about Africa’s economic prospects? There are several reasons why we should be both optimistic and cautious about the continent's future economic performance.
Why does Burundi’s Nkurunziza, like many African leaders before him, find it difficult to leave office? The events of the Arab spring should have served as a wake-up call.
Saudi Arabia could wait no longer to try and dampen the flames engulfing Yemen – but it may be too late.
The emergence of the Joint List as the third-largest party is evidence of both Israeli democracy and a growing awareness among the nation's Arab citizens of their power to influence its direction.
The Arab Spring began with a protest against police brutality. The dreams of those who took to the streets 4 years ago will not be realized until police forces change.
Tunisia's problem with radical Islamism has been steadily brewing since the days of the Ben Ali regime.
Corruption can directly contribute to the growth of the very forces the world’s security agencies are desperately trying to contain and combat.