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The coming Venture Capital Revolution in the MENA region: How the Arab Spring might be a good thing for SMEs and entrepreneurs

Virtualy every observer agrees on the fact that it may be too soon to assess the political and social impacts of the “Arab Spring”. On the economic level, the downturn affecting the “revolutionary” states if not the whole region sounds like a bad omen. Two years after its revolution, Tunisia is still struggling with an … Continue reading

Reviving the Maghreb Union: Moving towards regional integration in North Africa

I have written for the Majalla Magazine an analysis on the efforts towards regional integration in the Maghreb region. I try to understantd the failures of the Arab Maghreb Union in the context of the regional system and the mechanisms behind a successful regional integration. You can read the full article here (Will update the … Continue reading

The real education problem in the Arab world

I recently had a discussion with a friend over an article written by the Economist arguing that we might be witnessing a scientific renewal in the Islamic world. I have a problem with the way the article refers to the “Islamic world” as if it was a cohesive bloc or entity. Indeed what are the … Continue reading