The Arab Reform Initiative was founded in 2005 by sixteen think tanks and research institutes from the Arab world, Europe and the United States. ARI is an independent research network with no ties to any specific country or any political agenda.

Since its founding in 2005, ARI has built a solid reputation for producing knowledge of the Arab region through in-depth research projects, engagement in collaborative work with local partners, building the capacity for data collection and survey research in different countries, and developing a vast network of scholars, activists and practitioners who share the reform vision.


The Arab Reform Initiative's broad goal is to mobilize Arab research capacity to foster public discussion and deepen ongoing debate over home-grown Arab programs for democratic reform.

ARI engages a wide range of civil society organizations and activists from political and social movements across the Arab world, and generates policy recommendations for political leaders to help advance reform.

The Arab awakening triggered a deep and irresistible movement of change in the region. It is bringing a profound transformation in politics, governance, societies, state-society relations and in the strategic landscape of the entire region. It also represents a unique and decisive moment for Arab societies to shape their future.

In this new context, ARI is expanding its mission as a regional hub for democratic transformation. ARI seeks to support civil society in the Arab world in a strategic and sustainable manner, supporting organizations and individuals to develop their own initiatives.

ARI's approach is distinguished by its work with local actors in defining relevant issues and the appropriate strategies to tackle them. ARI acts as a resource and as an enabling partner for actors on the ground, enhancing their capacities without substituting itself for them.

ARI partners include over 20 think tanks and research institutes from the Arab World, Europe and the United States.



-  Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt.
-  Arab Forum for Alternatives, Egypt
-  Partners in Development, Egypt
-  The Arab Reform Forum at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. 
  The Center for Strategic Studies, Jordan.
-  The Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, Lebanon.
-  Center D’Etudes et de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS), Morocco.
  The Palestinian Center for Political and Survey Research, Palestine.
-  King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia.
  The Center for Sudanese Studies, Sudan.
-  EtanaCenter, Syria
  The Syrian League for Citizenship, Syria
  The Gulf Research Center, Dubaï, UAE.
-  The Yemeni Observatory for Human Rights, Yemen

American and European Partners:

-  Casa Árabe, Madrid, Spain.
  Center for European Reform, London, UK.
-  Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens, Greece.
-  The European Institute for Security Studies, Paris, France.
-  US Middle East Project, New York, U.S.A

Individual Members 

-  Abdelnasser al Jabi, Professor, Algiers University, Algeria
-  Salah Eddin al Jourshi, President, Al Jaheth Cultural Forum, Tunisia
-  Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Executive Director
Deputy Director - Research Director
Associate Senior Researcher
Associate Senior Fellow
Administrative and Financial Officer
Chief of Operations Officer
Research Assistant
Program Assistant