Study project: The protest movements in the Arab Region” (2009-2010)

Since the 90s, it is noticeable that the social movements have been playing a growing role in various fields, for instance: the democratization in Eastern Europe, facing the imperialistic policies in Latin America, and the anti- globalization movements created internationally to face the neo-liberal policies of the globalization.

It is difficult to describe the mobility witnessed lately in the Arab World as social movements, according to its scientific definition. However, the traces or beginnings of such movements are remarkable in many Arab countries, such as: Anti- globalization movements, movements seeking democratic change, labour movements, anti- inflation movements… These movements were all created for several reasons, such as: the socio-economic crisis in the region, the waves of democratization rising around the world, and also the different crises witnessed in the Arab World (such as the second Intifada 2000, and the war on Iraq 2003…).

Hence, we can consider those aspects of mobility in the Arab society as protest movements, using tools to express their rejection of the pressure of these crises, but often taking inefficient , or not organized ways of action, taking course, most of the times, outside the syndical or partisan framework.

Therefore, this study is conducted to figure out whether these protest movements are an embryo of real social movements, who might induce a positive change in the Arab region, or if they are simply a part of the situation of chaos the region is living currently. For many reasons, on top of which are the relatively mature civil society, diversity and density, this study chose four countries representing different parts of the Arab World as models: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Bahrain.
This study is conducted in cooperation with Centre for Arab Unity Studies (based in Beirut, Lebanon) the Book is currently printing.


EU security policies and their implication on the Mediterranean (June 2010):

INEX project in cooperation with CIDOB, The project is concerned with the implications of EU security policy-making in the Mediterranean. The implications to be considered are those on human security and to what extent the EU does to secure itself is consistent with its own commitment to security in the Mediterranean—not only in terms of state security, but also human security (on both shores of the Mediterranean).

The Arab Forum for Alternatives is conducting the part of this project related to the implications of the EU security policies on Egypt.


“A new context for Islamic movement” experts’ meeting (May 2010):

The first experts’ Egyptian-German in Cairo to discuss condition of the Islamic movements after the 9/11 attack and how it affected the American policies towards the “new” middle east.

The meeting was held on the 10th may in cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to exchange opinions about the recent events in the Arab region (Lebanese elections, Hamas and Fatah conflict, the recent Egyptian political mobility and the Sudanese issue).


Media between professionalism and Politics – The aftermath of Egypt Algeria games ( February 2010):

The football game between the Egyptian and the Algerian football teams last November raised a bunch of profound psychological and political repercussions, which led to a growing tension in their mutual relations; and the altercation, and the “name- calling” between the media of both countries reached an unprecedented level of insults and offences. These events raised the following question: what made a football game, no matter how important it is or the amount of sensitivity accompanying it, raise all these crises? And how did the media mobilization succeed, so easily, in piling up and mobilizing millions of spectators in both Egypt and Algeria, turning being a football fan, or the right of cheering the national football team into a war scene between the two people. This Seminar was organised jointly with the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute.


Critical Dialogue Between Different Political Forces (2009-2010):

AFA is organizing a research project headed by the Arab Reform Initiative in France. The project deals with the experience of collective work between the different political forces. Those experiences were announced in different parts of the Arab World, or have been already held on the ground. The study objective is to analyze the circumstances that pushed these forces to make those alliances, and the issues that are discussed by those ideologically different forces, and the determination of the reasons for their failure in other places. The project takes the form of a research study spanning on a period of one year and which is conducted through periodical discussion meetings for those involved in the project, ending with a conference. At the end of the project the papers discussed during its period will be published in a Book. For More Information:

Also a workshop was hed on the margin of this project supported by IDRC under the title (traditional societies and Modern politics)

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