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Civil Society and Public Policy Formation: Strategies from Morocco and Egypt
Civil society actors should adapt their means of pressure, create cooperatives to improve their development impact, and build and consolidate networks and consensus to be able to act as a unified force capable of influencing government policies and weathering periods of repression. Read More
Between Indifference and Charity: Syrian refugees and the Syrian diaspora in Brazil
Well-established institutions of the Syrian diaspora in Brazil have let down Syrian refugees fleeing the war by failing to provide them with adequate assistance and being indifferent to their plight or selective in their action to help. Read More
Arab Democracy Index 5
Report: The decline in the Index highlights shortcomings of the process of democratic change and its inability to transform the Arab region. Read More
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