Francesco Cavatorta is professor of political science and director of the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Recherche sur l’Afrique et le Moyen Orient (CIRAM) at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. His research focuses on the dynamics of authoritarianism and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. His current research projects deal with party politics and the role of political parties in the region. He has published several journal articles and books.
Lise Storm is Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter. She is author of Party Politics and Prospects for Democracy in North Africa (2013) and Democratisation in Morocco: The Political Elite and Struggles for Power in the Post-Independence State (2007).