What Rouhani’s done to fight corruption -Al Monitor


Most of the attention paid to Iran recently has been on foreign policy (the nuclear deal, and the country’s role in Iraq/Syria and Yemen). However Rouhani came into power with a domestic agenda as well:

“All in all, while moving in the right direction, the Rouhani administration has not produced its intended results. Clearly, the lifting of sanctions will not only remove some obstacles in the way of fighting corruption and smuggling, but will also make available further government resources to put more effort into this important campaign. Nonetheless, a long list of legal, structural and political reforms will be needed to achieve a tangible improvement in the country’s financial and business climates.”

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/09/iran-corruption-postsanctions.html#ixzz3nLUBbPuy

Congress presses Tunisia on security sector reform -al Monitor


“While Tunisia has earned high marks for enacting a new constitution and holding free presidential and parliamentary elections, critics have called for a revamp of security services with ties to remnants of the corrupt regime of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. According to The International Crisis Group, the existing security apparatus — including the National Security, police, National Guard, civil defence and correctional services — is both repressive and ineffectual at combating the very real terrorism threat facing the country.”

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/09/congress-tunisia-security-sector-reform.html#ixzz3nKkG9Knt

Here is the link to the ICG report referred to above: http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/middle-east-north-africa/north-africa/tunisia/161-reform-and-security-strategy-in-tunisia.aspx