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Policy Papers - October 10, 2014

Mediating Transition in Yemen: Achievements and Lessons

Steven A. Zyck

Yemen remains the only site of an Arab Spring uprising that ended in a negotiated agreement and an internationally supported transition process. In light of the recent conflict in the North of Yemen and Sana’a, with a constitution-drafting process underway, a referendum to approve a draft constitution, and coming elections all within the next year, the open dialogue established among key parties and factions in Yemen’s transition has become increasingly important.  

 

Policy Papers - September 25, 2014

New Report Examines Role of Intellectuals in Arab Uprisings

José Vericat

No single individual has been credited with leading the Arab Spring. In fact, many have lamented that—in contrast to revolutions elsewhere—intellectuals and literary figures were conspicuously absent in the uprisings that began in Tunisia and spread across the region.  

 

Policy Papers - December 20, 2013

New Report Plans Ahead for a Postconflict Syria

Christina Bennett

Though the conflict in Syria shows no signs of abating, and hopes for the Geneva II talks in January are dim, this paper argues it is never too early to start planning for peace. The paper examines three recent post-conflict transitions in the Middle East—Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen—and draws lessons for Syria. 

 

Books - October 18, 2013

Talking to Arab Youth: Revolution and Counterrevolution in Egypt and Tunisia

Nur Laiq

A new IPI book maps the civic and political activism of youth in postrevolutionary Egypt and Tunisia. Who are the youth activists of Egypt and Tunisia? What are their ideas, and what types of action are they taking? As key protagonists of revolution in 2011, what capacity do they now have to sustain their political and civic engagement over the long term?  

 

Policy Papers - March 29, 2013

Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East: Options and Challenges

Matteo Legrenzi and Marina Calculli

Today’s changing political environment, fostered by the 2011 uprisings, provides unprecedented opportunities for opening new dimensions of regional cooperation in the Middle East.