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From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World

Commentary / July 9, 2013

This conference focuses on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.

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Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The third ARD annual conference examineي the challenges, key issues, and ways forward for social and economic development in the Arab world during this period of democratic transition.

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Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

Commentary / July 9, 2013

Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East. The Arab spring, however, challenged not only the authoritarian regimes in the region but also Turkish foreign policy strategy. This strategy was based on cooperation with the existing regimes and did not prioritize the democracy promotion dimension of the issue. The upheavals in the Arab world, therefore, created a dilemma between ethics and self-interest in Turkish foreign policy.

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Economic Reform and Democracy in the MENA Region: A Case study of CIPE's Projects in Egypt and Lebanon

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The roots of the revolts known as the Arab Spring lie in many sources but one of the leading causes was the high rates of unemployment, low skill levels, and the growth of the youth populations. Now Arab governments are faced with the dual challenges of creating new political and economic systems that can meet the needs and demands of the peoples of their countries. This presentation will focus on the role of the private sector and the need to build an entrepreneurial eco-system that can foster rapid economic growth.

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Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

Commentary / July 9, 2013

The fourth annual conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) organized in collaboration with the University of Tunis, El Manar and the Centre d'études maghrébines à Tunis (CEMAT), took place in Tunis on March 28 and 29, 2013. The conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries.

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Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of Lebanon

Commentary / April 19, 2013
In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie S. Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations.
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Failing Civics

Commentary / April 12, 2013

As Jordan strives to build a university system in line with its ambitious economic goals, tribal violence on campus remains a stumbling block.

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ARD conference takes place in Tunis, March 28-29

News / March 4, 2013
The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is holding its fourth annual conference in Tunis on March 28-29. This year's conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries. It will address: - Constitution drafting - National dialogues and civil society - Political coalitions and Islamism - Political participation and pluralism - Economic policy - Arab relations with the USA and Europe
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New Stanford project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring

News / February 20, 2013
CDDRL's Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project on entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring. The project, led by Dr. Amr Adly who has just joined ARD from Egypt, focuses on addressing ways to overcome the barriers facing entrepreneurs in Egypt and Tunisia.
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Qatar's involvement in Libya

Commentary / January 7, 2013
Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog.
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