Libya’s overarching statelessness, and the violence and lawlessness that result, permeate the country, which is plagued by local-level conflicts. However, local mediation efforts have flourished over the last few years. As a senior UN official noted, “Local mediation is the best thing that has happened in Libya since the revolution.”This report examines these local mediation […]Read more
Author José Vericat
José Vericat joined IPI in May 2011 as Middle East Adviser.
He is currently based in the Middle East as Country Representative/Director of The Carter Center for Israel and Palestine. Previously José worked in the region for a decade as spokesperson for the EU and correspondent for the Spanish news agency EFE providing prize-winning coverage of the Second Intifada and the US invasion of Iraq, among other major historical events.
He has a DPhil in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford and an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Oxford he was the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Studies scholar. Dr. Vericat has taught courses on the Politics of the Middle East, Political Islam and the UN in the Middle East at the University of Oxford.
José also has a linguistic interest in the region. He is an Arabist, has professional working proficiency in Hebrew and can handle himself in Persian.
- “Women’s Struggle for Citizenship: Civil Society and Constitution Making after the Arab Uprisings” (New York: International Peace Institute, October 2017)
- “Lost in Transition: UN Mediation in Libya, Syria, and Yemen” (New York: International Peace Institute, November 2016) (with Francesco Mancini)
- “In Light of the Intellectuals: The Role of Novelists in the Arab Uprisings” (New York: International Peace Institute, September 2014)
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Civil society played a pivotal role in the Arab uprisings. By reconfiguring the social contract in a region distinguished by gender inequality, these revolts brought the status of women to the fore, and equal citizenship became a central goal. Social actors were therefore particularly active in contesting the constitution-making processes that were launched.Based on field […]Read more
The violence in the Middle East obfuscates the fact that there exists also a story of peace efforts across the region—a story of small successes, big frustrations, setbacks, and failures. Through these efforts, UN mediators have sought to achieve the often irreconcilable goals of ending violence while facilitating a political transition and reconciling the parties.Read more
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.Read more