Society

Society

FSI researchers work to understand continuity and change in societies as they confront their problems and opportunities. This includes the implications of migration and human trafficking. What happens to a society when young girls exit the sex trade? How do groups moving between locations impact societies, economies, self-identity and citizenship? What are the ethnic challenges faced by an increasingly diverse European Union? From a policy perspective, scholars also work to investigate the consequences of security-related measures for society and its values.

The Europe Center reflects much of FSI’s agenda of investigating societies, serving as a forum for experts to research the cultures, religions and people of Europe. The Center sponsors several seminars and lectures, as well as visiting scholars.

Societal research also addresses issues of demography and aging, such as the social and economic challenges of providing health care for an aging population. How do older adults make decisions, and what societal tools need to be in place to ensure the resulting decisions are well-informed? FSI regularly brings in international scholars to look at these issues. They discuss how adults care for their older parents in rural China as well as the economic aspects of aging populations in China and India.

Scholarly Publications

World Religions and Democracy

March 2005

Can religion be compatible with liberal democracy?

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...

News

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...

CDDRL launches new Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World

September 2009

The Freeman Spogli Institute's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) has established a new Program on Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World, the result of a...

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

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.

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...

Projects

American Public Diplomacy towards the Arab World in the Digital Age

Discourse on American public diplomacy has been traditionally focused on use of the broadcast media by the US government, such as Voice of America, to reach out to audiences in the Middle East and...
English

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

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

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.

People

Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Olivier Roy ARD Affiliated Scholar