Arab Politics


    • Op-Ed

    The Right To Have Rights

    Universal human rights can provide a framework through which the indivisibility of social, economic, political, and cultural rights may be argued and the struggle for these rights may take place.

    • Op-Ed

    Militaries, Civilians, and the Crisis of the Arab State

    The civil-military relationship has proven central to the politics of many Arab countries, both those that underwent transition in 2011 and those that did not.

    • Op-Ed

    ISIS, Ebola, and Putin: Old News?

    The Ebola epidemic, ISIS’s ascent, and Vladimir Putin’s belligerence may be three of the most disruptive developments of 2014, but in 2015 they could all lose their potency.

    • Op-Ed

    Everyday Sectarianism: The Paradox of an Anti-Islamic State Ally

    Saudi Arabia has institutionalized sectarianism in virtually every aspect of political, social, and economic life.

    • Op-Ed

    The Vote to Boycott Israel’s Universities

    The Middle East Studies Association insists that whatever one’s opinion of the campaign to boycott Israeli academic institutions, the principles of academic freedom protect the right of faculty to advocate for, as well as against, such boycotts.

    • The Saudi Thermidor

      Dissatisfied with Washington, Riyadh has undertaken an activist strategy for restoring regional order—but its forceful interventions abroad mask a deep domestic malaise.

      • Engaging With an Arab World in Crisis

        • Lina Khatib, Martin Lidegaard, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Steven Heydemann, Hazem Kandil, Ellen Lust, Mohammed Hafez, Rasmus Alenius Boserup, Helle Malmvig, Sune Haugbølle, Jakob Wichmann
        • December 01, 2014
        • Danish Institute for International Studies

        Almost four years later, the opportunity for political transition in the Middle East and North Africa seems to have narrowed.

        • Op-Ed

        Making a Palestinian State a Reality

        While recognizing a Palestinian state could play a modest role in unblocking peace negotiations, it can only offer a partial solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

        • Op-Ed

        Tunisia’s Security Challenge

        As Tunisia prepares to enter a new phase in its process of democratization, two key challenges face the country’s government: the economy and security.

        • Op-Ed

        Are There Lessons to be Learnt From Algeria’s Past?

        The tactics of decay and infiltration, used by the Algerian authorities when confronted with the Armed Islamic Group in the 1990s, could prove useful in countering the Islamic State’s threat in Syria and Iraq.

      Carnegie Experts on
      Arab Politics

      • expert thumbnail - Bondokji
        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.
      • expert thumbnail - Khaddour
        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 - Tokmajyan
        Armenak Tokmajyan
        Nonresident Scholar
        Carnegie Middle East Center
        Armenak Tokmajyan is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. His research focuses on borders and conflict, Syrian refugees, and local intermediaries in Syria.
      • expert thumbnail - Yahya
        Maha Yahya
        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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