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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.  

 

Meeting Notes - June 22, 2012

Managing Transitions in the Arab World

Nur Laiq, rapporteur

Despite their many differences, transitions taking place across the Arab world are united by demands for “bread and freedom.” They also share the common denominator of uncertainty. As turmoil and conflict continues in many places, what role can external actors play to facilitate democratic transitions in the region?