Constitutional transitions in the Middle East: Introduction

By Sujit Choudhry

Debates over constitutional design are at the very heart of political life as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) witnesses the greatest degree of political transformation and regime change in a generation—the Arab Awakening. New constitutional beginnings are demanded not only as a necessary means to break from a discredited past; indeed, equating constitutional reform with progress has become commonplace Conversely, it is feared that erring in constitutional design will condemn the region to repeat the mistakes of the past.