Is There Still a Political Reform Agenda in the Middle East?

Ghanim Al Najjar, Khalid El-Hariry, Amr Hamzawy, Paul Salem, Thomas Carothers February 6, 2007 Washington, D.C.
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The session, part of the Carnegie Endowment's NEW VISION launch, examines the state of the Arab political reform agenda, what can be expected in terms of political change in the region, and what the U.S. efforts should be to promote regional reform.
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In recent years the issue of political reform in the Arab world has been much discussed both in the region and the United States and a number of countries have taken at least some reform steps.  Yet the rising conflicts in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine, as well as tensions between the United States and Iran, have recently overshadowed political reform debates.

The session, part of the Carnegie Endowment's <i>NEW VISION</i> launch, examines the state of the Arab political reform agenda, what can be expected in terms of political change in the region, and what the U.S. efforts should be to promote regional reform. Given these developments, what is the state of the Arab political reform agenda and what can be expected in terms of political change in the region in the near future?  What are the implications for U.S. efforts to promote regional reform?  Four top political analysts from the region with expertise spanning all different parts of the Arab world participated in a lively, wide-ranging discussion on these questions, with active audience participation.

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This event supports the launch of the Carnegie Endowment’s NEW VISION and joins events that day held by the Endowment’s Middle East Program, Nonproliferation Project and Eurasia program. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace pioneered the idea that in today’s world a think tank whose mission is to contribute to global security, stability and prosperity requires a permanent international presence and a multinational outlook at the core of its operations.

Building on the experience of its presence in Russia with the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Endowment has launched centers and programs in Beirut, Beijing and Brussels staffed by native scholars and voices.  Carnegie now aims to transform itself from a think tank on international issues to the first truly multinational- ultimately global – think tank

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