Middle East and North Africa

Scholarly Publications

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

August 2018

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups.

The Mosul Trauma Response A Case Study

February 2018

The Battle of Mosul was one of the largest urban sieges since World War II.

Examining humanitarian principles in changing warfare

February 2018

Violence in war must have a limit. Those who are not participating in the hostilities should be protected to prevent war from sinking into barbarity.

Other Publications

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-Revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

April 2014

Ongoing upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia since the 2011 revolutions indicates high levels of dissatisfaction with the political order, and expresses a deep desire for a drastic remodeling of the...

Understanding the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Tunisia and Egypt

December 2013

Why has private entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia remained underdeveloped despite decades of economic liberalization and private sector-friendly incentives and reforms?

News

National identity crisis makes the US more like the Middle East

September 2018

"If there is a single lesson to be learned from the contemporary Middle East, it is that national identity is critical to the success of any political system.

Episode 202: Identity and Its Discontents

September 2018

Join Francis Fukuyama and Richard Aldous as they discuss where did the modern notion of identity politics come from—and how can nations address particular demands for recognition without eroding a...

Digital Media: Combatting Threats in the Era of Fake News

July 2018

"What is different today is the speed and extraterritorial reach of disinformation.

Events

Domination and Resistance: The State and University in Post-Revolutionary Iran

December 6, 2018

Abstract:The Islamization of universities has been the cornerstone of the Iranian regime’s higher educational policy since its ascent to power in 1979.

Political Identities in Colonial and Post-Independence Tunisia

October 11, 2018

Abstract:What explains variation in secular and Islamist political identity and behavior?

Socioeconomic Inequality across Religious Groups in the Middle East

April 2, 2018

 This event is co-sponsored with The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. ABSTRACTThis talk expounds a book project to study various questions related to the long-standing socioeconomic inequality...

Projects

Program on Human Rights

The Program on Human Rights (PHR) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) will be phasing out its program in 2015 with the retirement of PHR’s Director Helen...
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Leadership Academy for Development Workshops

The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD) trains government officials and business leaders from developing countries to help the private sector be a constructive force for economic growth and...
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LAD Case Studies

The case studies below are integral teaching tools for the Leadership Academy for Development workshops conducted around the world.
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Multimedia

Frightened masses are easy to manipulate

November 2016

The Q&A with Bassem Youssef, CDDRL visiting scholar, on media, comedy, and politics in the U.S and the Middle East. 

A Vibrant Public Sphere: A Key to Arab Democracy?

November 2015

Belabbes Benkredda is an award-winning social innovator, open debate advocate and the founder of the Munathara Initiative, the Arab world’s only online and television debate forum open to anyone.

CDDRL Seminar Series Event Media

April 2015

The CDDRL weekly research seminar draws scholars and practitioners to the Center to comment on the most relevant and timely topics impacting the field of democracy, development, and the rule of law.

People

Lisa Blaydes Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Political Science
Marcel Fafchamps Senior Fellow Professor, by courtesy, Economics
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Francis Fukuyama Senior Fellow
Larry Diamond Senior Fellow Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar
Jessie Brunner Research Assistant, PHR
Laura Jakli CDDRL Pre-doctoral Fellow, 2018-19
Shavit Matias Visiting Scholar, 2018-2019
Sarina Beges-Thysen Associate Director, CDDRL