Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa

Politics in the Middle East & North Africa

Acclaimed journalists and academics at Fanack provide an overview of politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

TOPSHOT – (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on November 23, 2020 shows a general view of Cairo’s Tahrir Square (R to L) on February 18, 2011 as it is filled with protesters celebrating the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak a week after the massive protests against him, which had erupted after a revolt toppled Tunisia’s ruler in what becomes known as the Arab Spring; and the same view almost ten years later on November 11, 2020. – Ten years ago, a wildfire of revolts in the Arab world touched off an unlikely series of events that swelled, then dashed many hopes, and irrevocably changed the region. (Photos by Khaled DESOUKI and PEDRO UGARTE / AFP)


From democracies to monarchies, from military regimes to theocracies, the Middle East and North Africa represents a varied political landscape.

In recent years, the Arab uprisings of 2011, also known as the “Arab Spring” seemed to have triggered a major political shift across the region, but the outcome is still debated.

Fanacks’s Politics file presents an analysis of the structure of the various governments and focuses on major political events such as elections, upheaval and political movements. It also analyses corruption, one of the biggest grievances in the region, as well as the rise of extremist groups.

Our mission is to offer a worthwhile contribution to the publication of balanced background and up-to-date information on the topic from an Arab perspective.

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