Annual Report 2017: Carving Out a Distinct Position

ARI has established a strong reputation for the quality and exclusivity of publications and events. We have confirmed our importance as a regional think tank with the capacity to address issues with a cross-country comparative approach, and we have secured our position as an Arab-wide community and neutral space for democratic dialogue.

ARI’s strength lies in its total independence from any ideological, partisan, or political agenda. It is one of the few institutions in the region that provides a safe institutional umbrella for work on sensitive topics, and an institutional home for individual researchers who face restrictions within their national contexts.

The views represented in this paper are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Arab Reform Initiative, its staff, or its board.