ARI Activities

October 2015

The Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo (IRI/USP), in collaboration with the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) and the Center for Arab Studies (CEAr-USP), held on 19-20 October 2015 the conference “Brazil and the Middle East: Shaping New Patterns of Connections.”

March 2015

On 16-17 March 2015, ARI held a two-day training workshop on policy brief writing skills in Beirut for 16 young researchers and civil society activists. The aim of the training workshop was to provide a new generation of scholars and future civil society leaders the tools to present their policy ideas in a concise, coherent, and convincing fashion.  

March 2013
by Bassma Kodmani

Bassma Kodmani argues that a neutral platform is required in which dialogue between all interested parties can take place.

July 2011
by Bassma Kodmani

The New York Times -Paris, AFTER four months of popular demonstrations and ferocious repression, including a bloody crackdown on the central city of Hama on Sunday, the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, still refuses to step down, insisting that he can reform his regime.

June 2011
by Bassma Kodmani

Financial Times - After a week of suppression and mass punishment, the Syrian army has regained control of the town of Jisr al-Shughour. It has been a brutal campaign in the classic mode of tyrants. But not withstanding this success, the world should be in no doubt that the oligarchy of Assad sons, cousins and buddies is seeing the rationale that has governed for years turn against them.

November 2009

ARI enters into a partnership with the Arab Democracy Barometer to conduct joint public opinion surveys in eight Arab countries starting in spring 2010.