Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

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Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted of the manslaughter of 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa, who died during an illegal female genital mutilation (FGM) procedure. Dr. Raslan Fadl was initially acquitted in November 2014, triggering a wave of anger among activists and women’s rights advocates....

DEADLINE EXTENDED

DEADLINE EXTENDED

We have extended the deadline for submissions to JMEPP’s print and online publications to January 31, 2015! Appropriate submissions for the print edition include feature articles (1000-2,500 words), commentaries (500-1,500 words), and book reviews (500-1,500 words). Appropriate submissions for the online edition will be fewer than 1,000 words and may...

JMEPP Interviews Dr. Abbas El-Mejren (Video)

JMEPP Interviews Dr. Abbas El-Mejren (Video)

On December 9 2014, JMEPP Editor Zane Preston interviewed Dr. Abbas El-Mejren. Dr. Abbas El-Mejren is currently the Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Middle East Initiative, within the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Watch the video interview below to hear Dr. El-Mejren discuss economic development challenges and prospects for...

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Call for Submissions – January 5th Deadline

  JMEPP 2014-15 Call for Submissions JMEPP is now accepting submissions for its print and online publications. JMEPP is a nonpartisan policy review published at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Journal presents a diversity of scholarship and commentary on issues of policy relevance to...

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The Triumph of Democracy in Tunisia

Tunisia’s parliamentary elections, held on October 26, resulted in Nidaa Tounes garnering 39.71% of the vote and Ennahda receiving 31.79%, robbing the Islamists of their leading seat. Nidaa Tounes’s victory has been widely hailed in the media as a victory of secularism over Islamism. This discourse fits neatly into Western...

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The Turtle’s Rage

“The Turtle’s Rage,” directed by Pary al-Qalqili, is a raw, intimate look into one man’s anguish over the loss of his homeland. That man is Pary’s exiled father, who recounts for his filmmaker daughter what it means to be Palestinian, to be in constant conflict with Israel, and what the...

Is the Middle East a Lost Cause?

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...

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