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Political Contestation and New Social Forces in the Middle East and North Africa

March 9, 2018

Please note: Registration for the conference is open only to Stanford University affiliates. A valid SUNet ID is required to register. Click here to register.

Justice and Development Party in Turkey: Electoral Success and Democratic Deficit

October 21, 2014

Abstract:Students of liberal democracy have long highlighted its many paradoxes.

The Long-Term Impact of Imperialism on Gender

May 22, 2014

Abstract: Gender equality is considered important for development and good governance, yet the causes of cross-national variation in gender equality are still not well understood.

Is There an Emerging Crisis of Democracy?

April 3, 2014

  Abstract: Political polarization has paralyzed the functioning of democracy in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Taiwan, where students have recently occupied the parliament building.

Political Change in the Arab World: Internal Dynamics and Regional Actors

March 27, 2014

Stanford University Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Fifth Annual Conference, March 27-28, 2014, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey Political Change in the Arab World: Internal Dynamics and...

“Protest Soundscapes in the Middle East”

December 3, 2013

Abstract: The Tahrir and Gezi Park protests were, amongst many other things, moments of energetic artistic creativity, in the sound world as well as other domains.

Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia

October 23, 2013

Abstract: The seminar session will present findings from a new study on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia.

Summer of 2013: A Focus on Egypt and Turkey

October 22, 2013

The Mediterranean Studies Forum presents a panel discussion about the popular protests and recent developments in the Middle East.

Egypt's Stalled Transition: A Roundtable Discussion

October 3, 2013

Lina Khatib is the co-founding Head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.

A discussion about economic formalization in the MENA region

April 12, 2013

Abstract: Does formalization really matter for developing economies?

Turkey and the Arab Spring: Between Ethics and Self-Interest

November 15, 2012

Abstract: Turkey redefined its geographical security environment over the last decade by deepening its engagement with neighboring regions, especially with the Middle East.

Democratization and Freedom of Speech: A Focus on Turkey, Arab World, and Ukraine

October 30, 2012

Co-sponsored by CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, the Europe Center, Stanford Humanities Center, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies More info: http://www.stanford.edu/group...

Democratization and Freedom of Speech: A Focus on Turkey, Arab World, and Ukraine

October 30, 2012

Co-sponsored by the Abbasi Program on Islamic Studies, CDDRL Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, the Europe Center, Stanford Humanities Center, the Mediterranean Studies Forum, and the Center for...

Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

April 26, 2012

The third ARD annual conference examineي the challenges, key issues, and ways forward for social and economic development in the Arab world during this period of democratic transition.  Day One -...

Program on Human Rights Collaboratory: Cultural Heritage - The Role of Archaeology in Cultural Heritage and Human Rights

November 16, 2011

The Program on Human Rights Collaboratory Series is an interdisciplinary investigation of human rights in the humanities.

Reporting from the Region: A Journalist's Perspective on the Arab Uprisings

May 19, 2011

Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem Bureau Chief and Middle East Correspondent for the Washington Post will be providing a journalist's perspective on ongoing events across the Arab world.

From Beirut to Baghdad to Kabul: Civil War, Sectarianism, Occupation, Resistance and Counterinsurgency

December 2, 2010

Born in New York in 1977, Nir Rosen has been reporting from Iraq since April of 2003 and has spent most of the last seven and a half years in Iraq.

Economic Modernization in Late British India: Hindu-Muslim Differences

November 4, 2010

The Muslims of South Asia made the transition to modern economic life more slowly than the region’s Hindus.

Why is There No Arab Democracy?

September 24, 2009

This seminar examines possible explanations for a striking anomaly in the distribution of democracies around the world.

The Re-emergence of Eurasianism: Identity Debates and Russian-Turkish Rapprochement

May 18, 2006

Recently, a Russo-Turkish strategic relationship has emerged. Trade in general and energy (gas) supplies in particular play a key role in shaping ties between the two countries.

Whither Turkish Democracy? Liberalism, Islamism and External Influences

March 29, 2006

FUAT KEYMAN is professor of International Relations at Koç University/Istanbul.


ayca Ayça Alemdaroğlu Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director, Program on Turkey