Syria

Scholarly Publications

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...

Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle

October 2012

Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (IB Tauris 2012) examines the power struggles among states, other political actors, and citizens in the region that...

Syrian Minorities between Underprivileged Protection and Due Political Representation

July 2013

This paper addresses the future of the political representation of minorities in Syria following the 2011 uprising and the ensuing period of unrest.

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.

Inaugural seminar: Exploring the missing link between liberalization and democratization in the Middle East

March 2010

On February 17, 2010 the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at CDDRL held its inaugural seminar with Prof.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate Your People

March 2011

In a piece for the blog Jadaliyya, Arab Reform and Democracy Program Manager Lina Khatib at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, makes the argument that Arab leaders have...

Events

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...

Political Reform in the Arab World: Problems and Prospects

May 10, 2010

On May 10-11, 2010 the Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World at CDDRL held its international inaugural conference.

From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World

May 12, 2011

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is pleased to announce its second annual conference on May 12-13, 2011.

Projects

Political Participation, Pluralism, and Citizenship Rights in the Arab World

Processes of democratic transition in today’s Arab world carry with them both challenges and opportunities for pluralism and citizenship rights, particularly with respect to the political...
English

Multimedia

Syria Today, Syria Tomorrow: Politics, Security, and Society

November 2015

Abstract:The Syrian crisis continues to grind on without a viable settlement to the conflict in sight.

Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising

February 2016

As part of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy's speaker series, George Mason University scholar Bassam Haddad explained the roots and dynamics of the tragic Syrian uprising, with particular attention to its background and to the recent...