Petra Stienen, publicist and senior advisor on diversity, democratization and diplomacy. Stienen studied Arab studies and Middle Eastern studies in Leiden, the Netherlands, Cairo, Egypt and London, UK, and is a former human rights diplomat stationed at the Dutch embassies in Egypt and Syria.
Petra Stienen reviews seven books that explore the nature of change in the Arab world in recent years. What role have the youth, journalists and new technologies played in this process, and what impact will they have on post-revolutionary societie...read more
Each year, the Spring Summit of the EU is followed by the Brussels Forum of the German Marshall Fund. This is the third year that I have been invited to this meeting of politicians, public opinion leaders, diplomats and young people from the US an...read more
At the moment I am in Cairo to listen to the stories of the revolution. It is amazing how eager people are to recount their experiences. Tahrir square itself has returned to the normal routine of traffic jams. Only some graffiti and a few tanks in...read more