Crony capitalism became firmly embedded under Ben Ali, benefiting his family and close friends.
The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
Western perceptions of what's happening in Tunisia differ sharply with Tunisia's daily reality: the truth is that its political transformation is in trouble.
In death, President Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi has left behind an unfinished revolution which now needs a new leader.
A government-imposed internet blackout in Sudan is the latest in a series of internet shutdowns as a means to quell dissent.
The nervous Egyptian state hopes that fan-instigated stadium riots will not occur during the Afcon, following a clampdown on some fans.
Algeria's elite has built its legitimacy on a distorted memory of the war of independence.
From the French Revolution to #MeToo, social movements often burst into the mainstream with what seems like little warning. Cass Sunstein explains why.
On the eighth anniversary of the Syrian uprising, scholar Wendy Pearlman writes about the people who risked their lives and raised their voices to fight the oppressive rule of Bashar al-Assad.
Young Algerians who dream of accessing global markets have extensively used iconic brands, films and series as political resources.
Women in countries such as India, Pakistan and others have long organized campaigns against sexual violence – many of which have resulted in stronger laws in these countries.
Demonstrations against Abdelaziz Bouteflika have opened up a rare space for debate and self-expression – and could signal a change to a more free and involved civil society in Algeria.
Russia's efforts to sow discord, discontent and chaos extend far beyond the US, including into leading media outlets in the Arab world.
Protests seem contagious when they erupt in several countries at the same time. But new research shows that unrest rarely spreads. It's protest symbols, like France's yellow vests, that go global.
The uprising in Sudan has weakened the authority of President Omar al-Bashir and political Islam in the country.
Durham University student Matthew Hedges has been jailed for life for 'spying' in UAE.
Study suggests that the UN's own principles sometimes prevented it from living up to its objectives
Today’s urban public spaces tend to represent governments and cities rather than people and citizens. Architects and urban designers should contribute to shaping spaces for freedom and interaction.
At first, the 2010s seemed full of hope for democracy. The picture today is rather more complicated.
In Morocco, bread is not only a symbol for wider demands but also the material basis of affordable and just living conditions.