In the spotlight

January 2015, Mohammad Al-Mikhlafi
As news of the resignation of the Yemeni president and his government causes more uncertainty, ARI publishes a dialogue with Mohammad Al-Mikhlafi former Minister in Bahah’s government.
January 2015, Abdulnasser Al-Ayed
Examining the role of the regional tribes who make up thirty per cent of Syria’s population, Naser Ayed believes that any plans for a new Syria need to embrace these groups, ending their marginalisation and also their radicalisation by extremists.
Lessons Learned – how Tunisia achieved a jasmine revolution. Salah Eddin al Jourshi discusses Tunisia’s successful transition to democracy.
The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) is a research hub that nurtures new initiatives; topic-based vibrant working groups or communities of practice that can bridge policy and research. ARI has been offering funding for scholars within the Arab region through the Arab Research Support Program since 2012. The program aims at developing the research skills of the new generation of social scientists in Arab countries for individual and collaborative research. It gives priority to innovative, evidence-based research related to the Arab democratic transitions, particularly in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
For the political transitions underway in the Arab world, different lessons may be drawn from experiences of countries that have passed through democratic transitions.
Despite the passage of more than three years since the outbreak of the revolution in Egypt, attempts to reform police and military institutions – or to develop democratic civilian rule – have not borne the desired fruit.
Despite the passage of more than three years since the outbreak of the revolution in Egypt, attempts to reform police and military institutions – or to develop democratic civilian rule – have not borne the desired fruit.
April 2014, Michael Robbins
A recent analysis of three public opinion surveys conducted as part of the Arab Barometer from 2006 to 2013 reveals that only a minority of citizens have positive evaluations of the government or the state of democracy in their country.