Intissar Fakir

Middle East Program
Editor in Chief

Intissar Fakir was a fellow and editor in chief of Sada in Carnegie’s Middle East Program.

Intissar Fakir is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Intissar Fakir was a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on political, security, and economic change in Morocco and other North African countries. Her research examines political Islam trends, local governance, social mobilization, and foreign policy.  She is also the editor in chief of Sada, Carnegie’s Middle East online journal.

Previously, she was the managing editor of the Arab Reform Bulletin, the precursor to Sada, at Carnegie. She has also served as special assistant to the vice president for strategy and policy at the National Endowment for Democracy. She has worked on implementing democracy and education assistance programs in the North Africa and the Middle East. She has consulted for a number of organizations and companies and has written for numerous publications and news outlets in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

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  • A Conflict That Time Forgot
    • November 24, 2020

    A Conflict That Time Forgot

    Rising tensions between Morocco and the Polisario Front come at the worst time for parties to the Western Sahara conflict.

  • Here to Stay?
    • April 22, 2020

    Here to Stay?

    The impact of the coronavirus in the Middle East has led to shifts in the nature of authoritarianism.

  • A Misery Dividend for Leaders in the Maghreb?
    • March 23, 2020

    A Misery Dividend for Leaders in the Maghreb?

    Covid-19 may have given North African governments a respite from protests, but this is unlikely to last long.

  • Morocco Looks South
    • January 23, 2019

    Morocco Looks South

    Rabat has heightened its support for Sahel countries, hoping to make gains on a number of levels.

  • All Shook Up
    • August 30, 2018

    All Shook Up

    As the state fails to improve socio-economic conditions, Moroccans are taking matters into their own hands.

  • 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.


MA, George Washington University 
BA, Fort Hays State University 

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