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Current Projects

Arab Barometer

In the decade since its foundation in 2005, ARI has emerged as a leading institution in the measurement of the Arab democratic transition through its large-scale, cross-national quantitative research. ARI is a key partner in the Arab Barometer, a chapter of Global Barometer Surveys.

Rebuilding Security in Fragmented Societies: Preparing for Post-conflict Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen

Focusing on Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, the project, running 2015-2017, aims to analyse the governance of security institutions and their behaviour; define the bases on which these institutions can be restructured as well as the link between politics and security; reflect on the organisation of the post-conflict political transition; and determine the provisional or permanent measures to implement in the security sphere.

Access to Information

Free access to information helps promote accountability and the rule of law, and helps citizens monitor their government. Most Arab countries deny access to information; however, some recent patterns suggest a degree of progress. In partnership with the ARI member organisation The Egyptian center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera), ARI through this project seeks to enhance citizens’ mobilisation to demand the freedom of information as a right, focusing specifically on Egypt.

Society and Security in Transition: Tunisia

In Tunisia, security sector reform (SSR) has received great attention since 2011 and genuine efforts have been engaged; however, the occurrence of two major terrorist incidents in 2015 poses important new challenges to effective SSR in the country. ARI is working with partners to facilitate societal dialogue around the issue of SSR, build a consensual understanding of national security priorities and develop a sense of ownership of the reform agenda for the security sector.