The Arab transitions initiative held to a conference in Amman that tackled the specific challenges facing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen.
The training centered on studying the media environment in the Middle East and how it works including how scholars can work with the media to spread their analysis to a wider audience.
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria is forcing Syrians to take refuge in neighboring countries, causing an especially predictable negative impact on Lebanon. This spillover effect not only changes the dynamics of Lebanon’s social, economic, and political equation, but also creates wider implications for the region.
Participants discussed the measures of progress and regression commonly associated with transitions and attempted to glean lessons from other similar global experiences.
The second meeting took place in Lebanon and concentrated on several key themes which could be used to frame future research by the participants of the initiative.
More than 100 education experts from around the Arab world discussed the findings of the Carnegie citizenship education project and to present the papers commissioned by Carnegie that examined how citizenship education can be adopted into the curricula of Egypt, Tunisia, Oman, and Lebanon.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, together with the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development, held a regional conference in Kuwait City to consider the role of citizenship education in the Arab transitions.
The two-year-old Syrian conflict sharply escalated in recent weeks, hence necessitating a renewed U.S.-Russian effort to find a solution to the crisis and solve inner tensions within the Syrian opposition.
Arab economies are plagued by unemployment, informal unprotected work, and income disparities. Policymakers need to set the conditions to create productive and inclusive societies and lift the region out of poverty.
Women in the Middle East and North Africa continue to struggle to gain access to job opportunities and remain vulnerable to poverty.