Lebanon

Scholarly Publications

Lebanese Cinema: Imagining the Civil War and Beyond

December 2008

Modern Lebanese cinema can best be explored in the context of the Civil War, in part because almost all the Lebanese films made since its outset in 1975 have been about this war.

Filming the Modern Middle East: Politics in the Cinemas of Hollywood and the Arab World

November 2006

 This book examines the cinematic depictions of major political issues, from the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Gulf War, to Islamic fundamentalism, looking at films made in the US, in Egypt, Tunisia...

Why Are There No Arab Democracies?

January 2010

(excerpt) During democratization’s “third wave,” democracy ceased being a mostly Western phenomenon and “went global.” When the third wave began in 1974, the world had only about 40 democracies,...

News

War Games Revived in Lebanon

June 2012

The crisis in Syria has revived sectarian tensions in neighboring Lebanon, fueling internal divisions reminiscent of the period leading up to the 1970's civil war.

Back to the future: the Arab nationalist tradition and the political imagination of today

August 2009

"The Arab and Muslim world is indeed in crisis," CDDRL Visiting Scholar Hicham Ben Abdallah of Morocco writes in an article for the August 2009 edition of Le Monde Diplomatique ("Retour vers le...

Events

The US and the Middle East: Promoting Freedom or Failed States?

November 1, 2006

Khouri will proved a critical, but mainstream, Arab analysis of US policy in the Middle East looking at the opportunities and dangers of current foreign policy decisions.

Visualizing Political Struggle in the Middle East

January 24, 2013

Abstract: Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's latest book Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle, this seminar focuses on the evolution of political...

Democratization in the Middle East: A Provisional Assessment

February 5, 2009

Agenda 8:15-8:45 am Coffee, light breakfast for participants 8:45-8:50 am Opening remarks; goals of the workshop (Olivier Roy, Larry Diamond) 8:50-10:30 Stable Autocracies?

Projects

The Link between Economic and Political Reform in the Arab World

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) is pleased to present the report of this project, which examines the link between...
English

Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation

Purpose of SSIPI The Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation (SSIPI) initiative is a partnership between the Safadi Foundation USA and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford...
English

Establishing a Legislative Upper House in Lebanon

The Ta’if Accords, which ended Lebanon’s civil war, called explicitly for the dismantling of political confessionalism through the election of a Chamber of Deputies on “a national, non-confessional...
English

Multimedia

The Paradoxes of Political Aid in the Arab World

May 2015

AbstractEuropean and US-based scholars and practitioners have debated the purposes and sometimes the (limited) macro-effects of programs designed to promote transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in Middle East countries.