Strengthening Statehood Capabilities for Successful Transitions in the Middle East/North Africa Region
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA STRATEGIC STUDIES INSTITUTE
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Political transitions that follow revolutions or wars are inevitably challenging phases, characterized by political volatility and tensions. Transitions are periods that require the rebuilding of important political institutions and skillful handling of a variety of acute political, security and socio-economic challenges. Transitions are also phases that often entail the reform of security apparatuses, reform of the justice system, writing new or introducing substantial amendments to existing constitutions, and in some instances the re-engineering of the state governance system with the establishment of new structures to ensure the distribution of political power and wealth. On the economic side, governments have to launch policies to foster economic growth and regain the trust of local and international investors. It is a complex and long process. In addition, these policy areas often have to be tackled simultaneously, given their interconnectedness, particularly at a time when popular expectations are high and every move of the government is under intense scrutiny.
- Government and Political Science