Middle East Politics

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    • Op-Ed

    Democracy Uprisings Should Herald a New Dawn of Education Reform

    New democracies in the Arab world will have to commit to comprehensive education reform, since educated citizens are necessary for the successful consolidation of political democracy and economic liberalization.

    • Op-Ed

    Why Egyptians Want Mubarak Tried

    For Egyptians, the insistence on trying Mubarak in Egyptian courts serves several functions: it helps to maintain the revolution’s unity and can serve to goad the military leadership toward action on popular demands.

    • Article

    Iraq: Coalition Under Stress

    The coalition that underpins Iraq’s national unity government is showing increasing signs of strain, threatened by rising divisions among its parties, tension between the parliament and the executive, and competition between the central and regional governments.

    • Op-Ed

    Morocco: Reform as a Path to a Genuine Constitutional Monarchy

    In the wake of popular protests, Morocco has initiated a series of institutional reforms that will reduce the monarchy’s role in government and present the country’s political parties with the opportunity to form a viable and organized opposition.

    • Op-Ed

    Egypt: Foreign Debt Constrains Economic Choices

    The first six months of this year have not been easy for the Egyptian economy, and the situation is likely to worsen amid a drop in tourism revenues, low levels of domestic and foreign investments, and scarce employment opportunities in the formal private sector.

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    The Need for Real Reform in the Arab World

    Rather than continuing with the reform rhetoric heard in many Arab countries, rulers who wish to remain in power must engage in serious, measurable, and inclusive efforts at real reform.

    • Op-Ed

    Morocco: What a GCC Membership Would Mean for the Economy

    While Jordan's potential membership of the GCC seems comprehensible, the same rationale does not apply to the Moroccan case because of the country’s distant geographical location, its weak economic ties with the Gulf, and its 32-million population.

    • Op-Ed

    Arab Spring: View From Within the Region

    In the wake of the Arab Spring, some countries, like Egypt and Tunisia, are in the process of a real democratic transformation, while others, like Libya, Yemen, and Syria, are in deep crisis.

    • Article

    Egypt's Freedom & Justice Party: To Be or Not to Be Independent

    While Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and its new Freedom and Justice Party have gone to lengths to clarify their stances on social issues and the relation between religion and the state, they must further clarify their relationship to each other and allow the party a sufficient level of independence.

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    The Rise of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Egypt

    Islamist parties in Egypt and Tunisia are emerging as powerful political players in each country’s transition. Upcoming elections in both countries and the performance of Islamist parties once they are in office will determine their future role in formal politics.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

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    Bader Al-Saif
    Nonresident Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Bader Mousa Al-Saif is a nonresident fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his research focuses on the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula.
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    Neven Bondokji
    Research Manager
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Neven Bondokji is the research manager for the Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Her research focuses on violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa, the relation between human security and hard security, and ideological transformations within Islamic political parties.
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    Dalia Ghanem
    Resident Scholar
    Carnegie 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 - Hasan
    Harith Hasan
    Nonresident Senior Fellow
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Harith Hasan is a nonresident senior fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on Iraq, sectarianism, identity politics, religious actors, and state-society relations.
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    Kheder Khaddour
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Kheder Khaddour is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research centers on civil military relations and local identities in the Levant, with a focus on Syria.
  • expert thumbnail - Meddeb
    Hamza Meddeb
    Nonresident Scholar
    Middle East Center
    Hamza Meddeb is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research focuses on economic reform, political economy of conflicts, and border insecurity across the Middle East and North Africa.
  • expert thumbnail - Nerguizian
    Aram Nerguizian
    Senior Advisor
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Carnegie Middle East Center
    Aram Nerguizian is senior advisor 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 postconflict reconstruction and security sector transformation in Arab transitions, and authoritarian resurgence.
  • expert thumbnail - Yahya
    Maha Yahya
    Director
    Middle East Center
    Yahya is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.

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