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 region, destabilizing institutions and populations alike.
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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 political shifts in the post-Arab Spring period.
Syrian lawyers and judges will be among the first group of professionals involved in the implementation of judicial and non-judicial mechanisms in the transitional process in Syria. They will carry in their practices the values of a modern justice system that will no longer be a tool for surveillance and punishment.
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.
Amongst its strategic objectives, ARI seeks to open a space for informed dialogue between representatives of different communities of each state to reflect their desire to live together and define the governance mechanisms to manage inter-societal relations.
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.
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.
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.