ARI projects

    

Current Projects

The Arab Barometer is a multi-partner collaborative project housed at the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) established to produce reliable data on the politically-relevant attitudes of ordinary citizens, to disseminate and apply survey findings in order to co

Egyptians confirm everyday that they are awake, an awakening that takes different shapes. While the world reacts, hesitates, condemns or shows understanding of what happened, the people of Egypt are determining their future.

While there is a heated discussion on reforming the police in light of the Arab awakening, especially in Egypt and Tunisia, ARI takes a broader perspective by addressing all security institutions and will examine ways in which security institutions can accommodate their role in a democratic setting. In this context, ARI will hold discussions with diverse groups from different backgrounds (local civil society organizations, political parties, citizens' groups, private sector organizations, government and security officials as well as legislators and the media) to provide analysis and concrete examples.

ARI seeks to promote the principle of constitutionalism as a dynamic and ongoing process that needs to be sustained after the constitution is adopted to help relate the text to the day-to-day practice of citizenship. Realizing that this is a foundational process of the transition period in which the actual framing of the state is in the making, ARI will serve as a resource for information on constitutional provisions concerning critical issues like the social role of the state, the role of the military and regulation of diversity. The transition situation does not apply to all Arab countries but ARI's scope in this project will include constitutional reforms that are not necessarily related to uprisings.

One of the key challenges for the democratic transformation of the Arab societies is the issue of equal citizenship. Hence the rights of minorities emerge as a top priority of the transition period. ARI will propose concrete models of national contracts, constitutional arrangements, public policies and other measures to ensure genuine equality, yet, on the basis that management of the rights and status of minorities as well as women is primarily the government's responsibility.

Previous Projects

Building on a two-year dialogue between leading thinkers of different political opposition groups in Egypt and Tunisia (2008-2009), ARI will help Tunisian and Egyptian newly formed political groups to agree on the founding principles of the political system and democratic mechanisms for managing their differences. Topics will include the place of religion in the constitution, sources of legislation, minorities' rights, freedom of thought and expression, social demands and economic policy. Discussions will serve the prospect of developing their political platforms for campaigning and identifying possible alliance options.