Elections

Scholarly Publications

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East

December 2003

Islam and Democracy in the Middle East provides a comprehensive assessment of the origins and staying power of Middle East autocracies, as well as a sober account of the struggles of state...

Other Publications

Voting for Change: The Pitfalls and Possibilities of First Elections in Arab Transitions

May 2012

The first elections after the fall of authoritarian regimes present an important opportunity for both local and international actors to strengthen transitional processes.

News

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.

Elections and Changing Political Dynamics in the Arab World Seminar Series Launched

September 2010

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is pleased to announce its seminar series for 2010-11, titled "Elections and Changing Political Dynamics in the Arab World".

Events

Political Reform in the Middle East: How Far Is It Going?

April 27, 2005

Marina S. Ottaway specializes in democracy and post-conflict reconstruction issues.

Prospects for Muslim Democracy

March 8, 2006

In recent years "Muslim democracy" has emerged as a new political reality in a number of Muslim countries with open politics to define the role of Islam in democracy.

Why is There No Arab Democracy?

September 24, 2009

This seminar examines possible explanations for a striking anomaly in the distribution of democracies around the world.

Projects

Political Reform Prospects in Yemen

As in much of the Arab world, 2011 was a year of social upheaval and momentous change for Yemen.
English

Brookings Doha Center-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions

The Brookings Doha Center-Stanford University "Project on Arab Transitions" - a joint initiative between the BDC and the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University's Center on...
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.

The Tunisian Transition and the Challenge of Youth Alienation

April 2015

 AbstractSocial and economic grievances of Tunisian youth played a major role in igniting the uprising in Tunisia, and more generally, the so-called Arab Spring.

Former Minister of Industry of Tunisia Discusses Country's Democratic Transition

March 2016

As part of a talk titled "Tunisia's Pathway to Democracy," former Tunisian Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Mines Kamel Ben Naceur spoke at the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy on March 2, 2016 about his experience in the 2014 technocratic...

People

Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution