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 Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) - aims to generate comprehensive analysis of the conditions impacting democratic transition in the Arab world. Because there have been so few democratic transitions in the Arab world, as well as a lack of cross-regional studies, there is a real need for better understanding among Western scholars and policymakers and their Arab counterparts about what can and should happen next. This project aims to combine academic rigor, informed field research, and policy relevance to systematically analyze and illuminate the nature of Arab transitions, focusing on issues such as electoral design, constitution-drafting, political party development, and national dialogue processes. By engaging Arab and Western scholars and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, this project provides new voices and original scholarship from the Arab region and beyond to help inform policy and development assistance to countries of strategic importance.