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Transatlantic Cooperation on Middle East Reform: A European Misjudgement?

October 2004

June 2004 witnessed a concentration of summit activity on the issue of Middle East reform.

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...

Necessary Risks: How a New U.S. Administration Can (Finally) Give Us the Middle East Policy We Need

October 2008

At the root of current Middle Eastern foreign policy debates on topics ranging from Iran to Iraq to Israel, is a more fundamental challenge for American policy makers: how to combat the general...

The “Makhzan” in Moroccan Political Culture

April 2004

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...

Geopolitics, Public Diplomacy and Soft Power

December 2009

In light of the ongoing ‘War on Terror’ and the occupation of Iraq, attention has turned again to how countries such as the United States and Britain can use ‘soft power’ to influence not only...

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,...

Public Diplomacy 2.0: An Exploratory Case Study of the Digital Outreach Team

January 2011

The internet is enabling new approaches to public diplomacy.

Authoritarian State Building in the Middle East: From Durability to Revolution

February 2011

What accounts for variation in the durability of authoritarian regimes in the post-colonial Middle East?  This working paper presents a new explanation that underscores how the geopolitical...

Yemen Between Regime Survival and Systemic Change - English version

March 2011

This paper explores the options facing Yemen and President Ali Abdullah Saleh in light of the protests calling for democratic reform in the country in early 2011.The paper maps out and assesses...

Public Diplomacy 2.0

December 2012

Iraq: Between the Present and the Future

November 2011

Electricity Sector Reform in Lebanon: Political Consensus in Waiting

December 2011

Morocco: Outfoxing the Opposition

December 2012

Morocco was not immune to the 2011 upheavals in the Arab world, but the country’s monarchy deftly managed the crisis through cosmetic constitutional reform.

Drafting Egypt's New Constitution Policy Paper

March 2012

This is the first paper in the BDC-Stanford Project on Arab Transitions series, authored Dr.

Social Entrepreneurship: Why is It Important Post Arab Spring?

December 2012

This white paper comments on the challenges and opportunities facing social entrepreneurship in the Arab world after the Arab Spring, with policy recommendations for the development community.

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.

Constitutions as Peace Treaties: A Cautionary Tale for the Arab Spring

November 2011

In societies in transition, efforts to resolve deep divisions or fundamental disagreements about the nature of society through constitutional drafting may sharpen political differences and heighten...

The Transformation of the Arab World

July 2012

In this article, Oliver Roy argues that in order to grasp what is happening in the Middle East, a number of deep-rooted prejudices must be set aside.

Establishing a Lebanese Senate: Bicameralism and the Third Republic

August 2012

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...

Democracy, Political Parties, and Reform: A Review of Public Opinion in Yemen

October 2012

“Democracy, Political Parties and Reform: A Review of Public Opinion in Yemen,” by Chris Miller, Hafez al-Bukari and Olga Aymerich provides a rare glimpse into Yemeni public opinion.

People

Sallam HS2 Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy
Larry Diamond hs Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
blaydes2 Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
hamzawy photo Amr Hamzawy Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL
welsh Katherine Welsh Administrative Associate, CDDRL