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University students demonstrate against the Iraqi government in Najaf, January 2020.

Local & National Politics

The Arab uprisings of 2011 demonstrated the ability of grassroots actors and social movements to alter the political scene in dramatic ways. MEIS focuses on the compounded relationship between elite decision-making on the one hand and street politics on the other. We provide interdisciplinary research and in-depth analysis on country-specific events, trends, and developments, including national elections and political transitions, and how these factors shape countries’ political and economic priorities on the national, regional, and international levels.
Focus Areas: civil society; civil wars; military-business relations; national elections; non-state actors; organized labour; labour laws; national governments; national politics; political Islam; private sector; religion; socio-economic change; structural reforms; social movements; security sector reform; social safety nets; state-society relations; youth unemployment.


Deals with corrupt Libyan leaders help them stay in power

31 May 2024
By Andrea Cellino

The EU policy of providing unstable countries in North Africa with economic aid in exchange for control of migratory flows risks creating further instability

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