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The Tahdir programme prepares young Syrians for careers in government service, in public and private enterprise as well as in the non-for-profit sector. It provides executive academic training and delivers a degree recognized by a group of European universities and research institutions. Tahdir is offered in three fields (1) Local Administration, (2) Law and Security Sector Reform, and (3) Urban Planning for Sustainable Development.
The Arab Reform Initiative is looking to hire a Communications Manager who will be responsible for managing ARI’s communications and programming activities.
Flagship ARI project
The re-establishment of security is an essential condition to the restoration of trust between different sections of society after a conflict. In such contexts, the reconstruction of security institutions is a major issue in diverse societies. Focussing on Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, the project aims to: Analyse the governance of security institutions and their behaviour; Define the bases on which these institutions can be restructured as well as the link between politics and security; Reflect on the organisation of the post-conflict political transition and determine the provisional or permanent measures to implement in the security sphere.
Febrary 2016, Azza Kamel Maghur
Can the Libyan House of Representatives bring down the Al Sarraj government? The new political agreement is based on a power sharing accord between the three main governance bodies, and is based on the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances between branches of government, thus shifting the political system from a parliamentarian into a mixed semi-presidential system and forings the institutions to govern by consensus.
January 2016 , Wejdene Mokrani
One of the main themes and topics of research covered in the ARSP II program is security sector reform (SSR) and the transformation of civil-military relations.
January 2016 , Afifa Mannai
Democratisation studies is interested by the transformation of political systems from authoritarian regimes to another type of political system that cannot be pre-determined. This study has emerged in the context the so-called third wave of democratisation that began with the Spanish and Portuguese experiences in the 1970s, and then spread to Latin America in the 1980s, sweeping Eastern Europe in the 1990s. Indeed, the success of the Spanish experience in democratisation has rendered the case a useful model for studying other cases.
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.