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Failed Dream of Political Islam

November 2018

Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose.

Voices from Syria Narrate Stories of Revolution and Conflict

February 2018

How can we make sense of the tragedy in Syria?

Bassam Haddad Analyzes the Root Causes and Dynamics of the Syrian Uprising [VIDEO]

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...

Military approach will not work in Syria, says former Stanford scholar

November 2015

 On November 17, CDDRL’s Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) hosted Lina Khatib, a senior research associate with the Arab Reform Initiative, for a special talk on the Syrian crisis.

From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World

July 2013

This conference focuses on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt,...

Q&A: Stanford experts on Kofi Annan's resignation as Syria envoy

August 2012

Larry Diamond and Stephen Stedman say Kofi Annan had an impossible mission, and his departure won't tarnish the Nobel Peace Prize winner's legacy.

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.

Stanford research suggests increased role for social entrepreneurship in post Arab Spring countries

April 2012

A new research study released by the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy finds that economic conditions coupled with social changes unleashed by the Arab Spring have created an environment ripe...

Negotiating Assad's final exit

February 2012

In an article for The New Republic's online symposium 'What Should the United States Do About Syria,' Larry Diamond argues that multilateral engagement is the best approach to depose Syrian...

Stanford scholars reflect on Arab Spring

January 2012

A year after the Egyptian uprising, five scholars talk about democracy in the Middle East, how lives have changed in the Arab world, and what the U.S. has learned from the Arab Spring.

What’s next for Libya after Qaddafi’s death?

October 2011

The killing of Muammar Qadaffi marks an end to one of the most dramatic chapters of the Arab Spring. But what follows after the death of a dictator who has held power for 42 years?

An interview with Prince Moulay Hicham

October 2011

Prince Moulay Hicham ben Abdallah was interviewed in the September/October issue of the French journal Le Débat, providing his unique insight on the Arab Spring events as a member of the Moroccan...

Shaping public diplomacy in the Arab world

August 2011

Lina Khatib head of the Program on Arab Reform at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, examines the role of public diplomacy in the Arab world in two new pieces.

Syrian doctors who torture must be banned

July 2011

In an opinion piece for Al Jazeera, Rajaie Batniji uncovers the role of medical professionals involved in acts of torture.

Morocco's monarchy: Destroying hope for democracy?

June 2011

In anticipation of Morocco's constitutional referendum on July 1, Ahmed Benchemsi argues in a piece for the Guardian that the monarchy's overtures of reform are just a mask for retaining absolute...

The Arab Spring brings regional experts to Stanford

May 2011

As a new era of democratic change swept across the Arab world this year, the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law hosted two...

The solution for Morocco: the reformed monarchy

May 2011

In an interview with the French magazine l’Express, Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah, a consulting professor at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, analyzes the revolutions in...

Political activism conference May 12-13, 2011

April 2011

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL is pleased to announce its second annual conference, From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World, to take place on May 12 and 13...

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...

Diamond provides recommendations for a post-Mubarak world

February 2011

Two decades after the fall of Soviet-bloc dictatorships, popular movements for democracy are erupting in the last regional bastion of authoritarianism: the Arab world.

Tunisia: the house of cards

January 2011

It took just 29 days for President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee Tunisia after mass protests erupted in the country.

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.