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JMEPP Interviews Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa


On February 26th, JMEPP Editor-in-Chief Nada Zohdy and Harvard Political Review staff writer Andrew O’Donohue interviewed Tunisia’s Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, before he delivered a public address at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, hosted by the Institute of Politics. You can watch his full speech, “Tunisia: A Start-Up Democracy,” here.   Mehdi Jomaa served as Prime Minister […]

Is the Middle East a Lost Cause?


“Arab civilization, such as we knew it, is all but gone.” Those are the words of Hisham Melham, Washington bureau chief of Dubai-based media outlet Al-Arabiya. In a 2,000-word piece for Politico, Melham argues that Arab civilization has collapsed, and that it won’t be revived in his lifetime. Is this gloomy outlook overwrought, or simply […]

Contextualizing the Arab Awakenings: An Exclusive Interview with Srjda Popovic


Srdja Popovic was a founder of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor! that led the successful campaign to unseat Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic in October 2000. Popovic later served a term as a member of the Serbian National Assembly 2000-2003. In 2003, Popovic and other ex-Otpor! activists started the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and […]

International Relations and Security

What About the Palestinian Double Refugees?


In Ayn al-Hilwe, Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, you frequently hear a new term: “Death Convoys” (Qawafel al-Mawt). It refers to the extremely dangerous voyages across the Mediterranean that Palestinian refugees are resorting to after fleeing Syria and failing to find refuge in neighboring countries. In the Lampedusa tragedy in October 2013, dozens if not […]

Review of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary, “The Square”


Just as Egyptians were preparing themselves for the third anniversary of the 2011 “Lotus” Revolution, a sold-out theater on the other side of the globe eagerly waited for the Oscar nominated documentary, “The Square,” to begin. Ironically, the documentary that beautifully captures the struggles of those who demanded freedom, transparency and social justice, has been […]


HMH Prince Moulay Hicham Examines the Arab Spring


His Majesty Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco took the stage at Harvard’s Arab Weekend following Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, switching the topic from education to the Arab Spring. “For decades we have internalized this feeling of defeat. It has literally kept us from doing anything…the Arab spring has shattered all that,” he said, […]

Human Rights

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