Intissar Fakir

Editor in Chief

Fakir is editor in chief of Sada.

Intissar Fakir is editor in chief of Sada. Her professional experience has focused primarily on the Middle East and North Africa and issues of political reform, democratization, and socioeconomic development. Prior to joining Carnegie, she was special assistant to the vice president for strategy and policy at the National Endowment for Democracy.

Fakir was previously the managing editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, the precursor to Sada, at Carnegie. She has also worked on implementing democracy and education assistance programs in the Middle East. She has consulted for the political risk advisory firm Eurasia Group and has contributed to a number of newspapers and publications including the  Daily Star and the Guardian.

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  • Playing the Status Quo
    • November 10, 2017

    Playing the Status Quo

    Morocco is approaching the Western Sahara issue with greater tactical flexibility, and it appears to be reaping benefits.

  • Towards Identity Politics
    • October 10, 2017

    Towards Identity Politics

    Francis Fukuyama discusses the U.S. role in the Middle East and the future of ideology in the region.

  • The Bear in Syria
    • October 03, 2017

    The Bear in Syria

    Michael McFaul analyzes the many angles of Russia’s approach to the Syrian conflict.

  • Big Men on Campus
    • September 26, 2017

    Big Men on Campus

    Elliott Abrams addresses the nuclear deal with Iran and how the Iranian-Israeli rivalry might impact the Middle East.

  • Caught in the Middle
    • July 10, 2017

    Caught in the Middle

    As the Qatar crisis worsens, Morocco is struggling to remain neutral.

  • The King and Us
    • May 10, 2017

    The King and Us

    A report card on where Morocco stands after its October 2016 elections.

  • A Bouazizi Moment?
    • November 03, 2016

    A Bouazizi Moment?

    Protests in Morocco reveal anger with the way officials ignore human life and dignity.

  • In the Shadow of the Palace
    • October 05, 2016

    In the Shadow of the Palace

    Morocco’s upcoming elections could be a referendum on the Justice and Development Party’s balancing act with the monarchy.

  • The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch
    • December 29, 2014

    The Middle East in 2015: What to Watch

    Carnegie scholars assess the Middle East in the year ahead, including potential game changers that could have a big impact for the future of the region.

  • Tunisia’s Election: Ennahda vs. Nidaa Tounes
    • October 23, 2014

    Tunisia’s Election: Ennahda vs. Nidaa Tounes

    The upcoming Tunisian parliamentary elections have different implications for the two main parties contesting the vote. For Ennahda, the goal is to solidify its standing as Tunisia’s central political actor while for Nidaa Tounes, a win is necessary to remain politically viable.


MA, George Washington University 
BA, Fort Hays State University 

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