Civil society in transition: facing current challenges in Tunisia and Egypt


The wave of popular uprisings that spread across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in late 2010 brought together a number of societal actors that have since pushed for a significant transformation of their countries. Civil society movements have been at the forefront of this change. However, they currently struggle to define their role and face many obstacles. This Issue Brief explores the challenges faced by Tunisian and Egyptian civil society in the ongoing political transitions.