The Arab Reform Initiative is committed to the promotion of social justice. In 2016-2017, we are working to engage actors that characterise social democratic values in MENA countries in order to facilitate cross-country and intra-country dialogue.
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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.
With the adoption of a new constitution in July 2011, Morocco took a further step towards participatory democracy, enshrining the principles of consultation and citizen input in the formation of public policy.
The Tahdir programme prepares young Syrians for careers in government service, in public and private enterprise as well as in the non-for-profit sector. The Tahdir programme provides executive academic training and delivers a degree recognized by a group of European universities and research institutions.
The Syrian diaspora became successful abroad on a number of levels but has always been connected to Syrians inside Syria; this relationship, however, is evolving as a result of the ongoing conflict.
After the optimism that accompanied the uprisings of 2011, the Arab region today is losing the momentum sparked by those grassroots reform movements. Repression, conflicts and instability are plaguing countries across the Levant and North Africa, destabilising institutions and populations alike.
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.
One of ARI’s main endeavours, the biennial intra-Arab collaborative Arab Democracy Index report provides an assessment of the democratic transition based on the measurement of 40 key indicators.
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.
The Arab Research Support Programme II supports 56 scholars from across the Arab world and gives priority to innovative, evidence-based research related to the democratic transitions in the region.