By Serkan Yolacan
In April 2017 Turkey had a referendum on eighteen constitutional amendments. With a marginal win for ‘yes,’ the country’s traditional parliamentary system is set to be replaced with an executive presidential system. President Erdoğan’s victory in the referendum, many argue, places Turkey on a new path, though opinions on where that path may lead varies. This much is clear: Turkey can no longer [--]
Female lawyers on the rise in Kuwait: Potential agents of reform?
By Rania Maktabi
Kuwaiti women have had access to free public higher education since the late 1950s, and they have engaged in civic groups since the early 1960s. Education and civic engagement have been strengthened by the political enfranchisement of Kuwaiti women in 2005 which enabled them to be elected to the 50-member National Assembly.< [--]
By Salma El Idrissi
In 2015, Kuwaiti MP Nabil Al-Fadhl provoked a huge controversy in the National Assembly. Al-Fadhl, known for his opposition to Shari’a, called openly for legalizing the sale of alcohol in Kuwait. He maintained that alcohol consumption is part of the history and the culture of the people of Kuwait and hence, should not be banned. Islamist members of Parliament accused Al Fadhl of “insulting the [--]