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The 2011 Revolution politicised football fan groups, but largely by accident. Developments suggest now that they constitute no challenge to the state

Egypt should adopt a long-term strategy to counter radicalisation using the soft power of society

Much was achieved in Egyptian politics in 2019, but much will also need to be done in 2020

While regional alliances are solidifying on both sides of Libya’s bifurcated crisis, the wider international community seems directionless on what to do to assist a political solution

Where institutional political processes prove exclusionary, even to a degree, segments in society that lack representation will find their own ways to express themselves, writes Ziad Akl

As much as two recent agreements signed between Turkey and Tripoli’s government resurrect the latter’s tainted legitimacy, they represent a regional challenge that can’t go unaddressed

The Egyptian state has already recognised the importance of youth. The question now is how to establish a structural programme of youth empowerment in service of society and nation, writes Ziad Akl

There are important differences between terrorism and radicalisation, as a recent study has revealed, writes Ziad Akl

The development of sports infrastructure has diverse political and economic benefits, not least as a factor of soft power helping Egypt regain regional and continental influence, writes Ziad Akl

The UN has not been able to find an objective role in the Libyan conflict, and its performance in trying to find a political solution has been problematic

The recent postponing of an Ahly and Zamalek football match underlines the need to depoliticise football in Egypt

The government needs to develop longer-term policies in order to communicate more effectively with the country’s young people

Gaining credibility in the public sphere requires years of activity in politics, something that the expatriate contractor Mohamed Ali does not possess, writes Ziad Akl

Modes of collective action are again transforming in the Arab world, to which Arab states will be obliged to respond, writes Ziad Akl

Tunisia and Algeria both found themselves without a president, but the political composition of the two countries respectively has had a significant impact on the trajectory each is on

Egypt has faced various challenges since 2013, which the government’s long-term investment strategies are designed to remedy

Have we seen the end of the Ultras football movements as a result of the better organisational and logistical methods apparent in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations


The death of Tunisia’s president was sudden, but he leaves a legacy of robust state structures that will last amid instability, writes Ziad Akl

Vying for wider regional influence, Turkey is purposely prolonging Libya’s eight-year civil war, writes Ziad Akl

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