The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) is a consortium of policy analysis institutes, founded in 2005, that mobilizes research capacity to advance democratic change in Arab countries. 


ARI generates, facilitates, and disseminates knowledge through a network of Arab scholars and intellectuals. In the quest to build free, just and democratic societies, ARI focuses on the current transition processes in the region, and the new patterns of interaction between political and social actors. It provides a space for diverse voices and brings in the key actors in the transitions at play: intellectuals, activists, women, representatives of civil society, human rights groups, social movements, political parties, the private sector and the media.

ARI produces policy research, supports networks of young scholars, democratises access to new fields of research, convenes policy dialogues and organizes regional platforms on critical issues related to the transition processes.

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 Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research Baseera, 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.
-   L'Observatoire Tunisien de la Transition Démocratique, Tunisia. 
  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.
-  Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
-  US Middle East Project, New York, U.S.A

Individual Members 

Salah Eddin al Jourshi, President, Al Jaheth Cultural Forum, Tunisia

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center, Lebanon

Jafar Alshayeb 

Executive Director
Deputy Director
Financial and Administrative Officer
Programme Director
Programme Director
Programme Director
Associate Senior Researcher
Researcher and Operations Coordinator
Programme and Research Assistant
Programme Coordinator
Communications Officer