Fighting on Two Fronts: Secular Parties in the Arab World

Fighting on Two Fronts: Secular Parties in the Arab World

A new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggests that secular parties that do not embrace a political platform inspired by religious ideals are facing a crisis in the Arab world as they struggle for influence, relevance, and survival. The study, Fighting on Two Fronts: Secular Parties in the Arab World (33 pages, PDF), explores the uncertain future of such parties by examining their roles in Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, and Kuwait. The report's authors argue that secular parties can re-energize and attract disenchanted voters by distinguishing themselves from Islamist movements and often-unpopular governments.