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    Iraq: Movement Without Progress

    Moqtada al-Sadr’s decision to support Nouri al-Maliki’s quest for a second term as Iraqi prime minister has given new impetus to negotiations over the formation of a new government but it has not solved any of the underlying obstacles preventing the creation of a politically viable government.

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    Does Egypt Need International Election Observers?

    While regime supporters claim that the public is against the idea of international monitoring, there is growing support from opposition movements and broad sectors of the Egyptian public in favor of international electoral monitors as a safeguard against election fraud.

    • Op-Ed

    Reductive Arguments

    Democratic transformation and improved human rights in the Arab world have been stymied not only by authoritarian regimes and a lack of pressure from the West, but also by a number of social, political, and cultural obstacles to democratisation that exist within Arab society.

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    Finding Meaning in the Egyptian Elections

    The Egyptian parliamentary elections in 2010 and the presidential succession question offer a valuable opportunity to understand the regime’s preferences on striking a balance between stability and the urgent need for reform.

    • Q&A

    Reform in the Arab World

    The Arab world is trapped between two major forces—an entrenched political establishment that lacks checks and balances and Islamist movements who are often militant and whose commitment to political diversity is often suspect.

    • Op-Ed

    The Abuse of Plurality

    The relative plurality found in both Egypt and Lebanon is rare in the Arab world; politicians and media officials in both countries should embrace this rich pluralistic characteristic instead of seeking to undermine it.

    • Book

    Yemen on The Brink

    Without addressing Yemen's immediate security challenges—including a civil war in the North, a secessionist movement in the South, and a resurgent al-Qaeda organization—the country's long-term economic and governance issues cannot be resolved.

    • Book

    Between Religion and Politics

    As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda under unfriendly or repressive regimes.

    • Op-Ed

    The Irrelevance of the International Muslim Brotherhood

    The international Muslim Brotherhood is not a rigid and disciplined organization with control over its local branches; instead, it is better understood as a framework of loosely linked, ideologically similar movements.

    • Article

    Fayyad Is Not the Problem, but Fayyadism Is Not the Solution to Palestine’s Political Crisis

    Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad’s program to build a Palestinian state despite occupation and internal division does not offer a solution to the deeper problems afflicting Palestinian politics.

Carnegie Experts on
Middle East Politics

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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
    Co-Director
    Program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States
    Dalia Ghanem is a resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut and the co-director for gender-related work for the program on Civil-Military Relations in Arab States, where her work examines political and extremist violence, radicalization, Islamism, and jihadism with an emphasis on Algeria.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 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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