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When Civil Society Sets the Social and Economic Agenda
(Rabat) – Sixteen researchers and civil society activists met in Rabat on 11 and 12 May to present state policies in the housing and education sectors in Egypt and Morocco and discuss the role of civil society in public policy development. Read More
An In-Depth Review of the Prospects for Human Rights Action in North Africa
Human rights researchers, defenders, and representatives of donor organizations met in Beirut to review the state of human rights organizations/ defenders in three Arab North African countries. Read More
The Future of Human Rights Work in North Africa
In line with ARI’s approach to use rigorous research to understand and support diverse actors to build coalitions for sustainable reform in the region, this project seeks to analyze and advise the human rights actors in the region in a collaborative relationship to adjust to major social and po
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National Reconciliation and Protection of Minorities
In this new research paper, ARI’s Deputy Director, Salam Kawakibi analyses the Assad regime’s exploitation of sectarian and confessional divisions and deconstructs the myths used in its political rhetoric to gain power and present itself as the ultimate line of defence for minorities. Read More
Understanding and Confronting Sectarianism
Beirut, 9 March 2017 – The Arab Reform Initiative organized a one-day conference to assess factors that led to the rise of sectarianism and articulate strategies to confront it and pave the way for a return to past sectarian diversity in the region. Read More
Workshop on Social Democracy
Arab Reform Initiative held a workshop in Beirut on 7 and 8 March 2017 with the participation of a group of actors from the region. Read More
Iraq’s Challenge of Securing Mosul
After the recapture of Mosul, Iraq will face political and military obstacles to restoring sustainable security and rebuilding institutions in a liberated but devastated city. Read More
The Dynamics of Business Interest Group Advocacy on Economic Policymaking

While the Arab awakening has impacted the political economies of Arab states differently, the message that state-business relations can no longer afford to rely on pre-existing models of business advocacy has reverberated across the region.

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The Political Impasse of the Syrian Kurdish Movement
The Kurdish movement’s policy of territorial advances in Syria puts it at odds with its desire to build international political alliances and renders military cooperation with it politically costly for Western nations. Read More
“The Disaster of Aleppo” and the Quandary of the Last Opportunity
The fall of Aleppo entails a restructuring of the leadership of the opposition and a realistic review of how to deal with international and regional positions on the Syrian crisis and Russia’s military presence. Read More