Civil-Military Relations in Arab States

The Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS) is an initiative to develop policy tools, build civilian and military expertise in defense affairs, and enable civil-military dialogue. It aims to foster civilian oversight of defense sectors in Arab states, and to support the modernization and professionalization of Arab armed forces. Key stakeholders include defense sectors, academic networks, civil society and research organizations, government officials, the media, and parliamentarians.

Carnegie Experts on
Civil-Military Relations in Arab States

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    İsmet Akça
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    İsmet Akça is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on the Turkish military’s economy and civil-military relations in Turkey.
  • expert thumbnail - Al Rachid
    Loulouwa Al Rachid
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Loulouwa Al Rachid is a co-director of the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
  • expert thumbnail - El-Shimy
    Yasser El-Shimy
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Yasser El-Shimy is the co-director of the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center.
  • expert thumbnail - Ghanem
    Dalia Ghanem
    Resident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.
  • expert thumbnail - Nasr
    Romy Nasr
    Program Manager
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Romy Nasr is the program manager on the Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS) program at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her work focuses on defense affairs and security issues related to North Africa and the Levant.
  • expert thumbnail - Nerguizian
    Aram Nerguizian
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Aram Nerguizian is the co-director of the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his work focuses on the Lebanese security sector, long-term force transformation in the Levant, and efforts to develop national security institutions in post-conflict and divided societies.
  • expert thumbnail - Sayigh
    Yezid Sayigh
    Senior Fellow
    Middle East Center
    Yezid Sayigh is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where he leads the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States (CMRAS). His work focuses on the comparative political and economic roles of Arab armed forces and nonstate actors, the impact of war on states and societies, and the politics of post-conflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.

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