Error message

Arab political parties, NGOs, syndicates, and social movements have thus far failed to forge a common strategic vision of political reform. Hobbled by disputes between Islamists, secularists, nationalists, and liberals, Arab opposition groups have frequently been manipulated by a divide and rule strategy that seeks to limit the scope of genuine democratic reforms.

Still, there are some signs that mainstream Arab opposition groups have begun to find common ground. Will such trends give oppositions the political leverage they have thus far lacked? Or will autocrats find new ways to skirt pressures for substantive political change and thus maintain an increasingly precarious status quo of state controlled reform?

With support from USAID’s Democracy and Global Governance Office, USIP’s Muslim World Initiative has supervised a path-breaking research project on the dynamics of Arab political opposition in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, and Yemen. Please join the authors of these four studies as they present their findings and invite comments from a panel of experts, as well as from our invited guests in the audience.

Speakers

With introductory remarks by:

Overview:

Case Studies:

  • Dina Shehata, Egypt
    Department of Government, Georgetown University
  • Maryam Montague, Morocco
    Democracy and Governance Specialist, Management Systems International
  • Janine Clark, Jordan
    Associate Professor, University of Guelph
  • Iris Glosemeyer, Yemen
    Associate Lecturer, Free University of Berlin

Comments:

  • Nathan Brown
    Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment
  • Amy Hawthorne
    Director, International Center for Middle Eastern-Western Dialogue
  • Guilain Denoeux
    Professor of Government, Colby College and Senior Associate, Management Systems International
  • Steve Heydemann
    Director, Center for Democracy and Civil Society, Georgetown University

 

Related Publications

Participatory and Inclusive Constitution-Making

Participatory and Inclusive Constitution-Making

Thursday, January 29, 2015

By: Jason Gluck; Michele Brandt

In the wake of the Arab Spring, citizens across the Middle East and North Africa are demanding reforms from their governments. How these governments respond to their people and promote inclusive constitution-making processes may determine whether their new social compacts lead to a durable peace. This report draws from the work of scholars and constitution makers who have been exchanging ideas about how to ensure that modern constitutions incorporate the needs and aspirations of the citizens ...

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Democracy & Governance

Through a Glass Darkly? The Middle East in 2012

Through a Glass Darkly? The Middle East in 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

By: Steven Heydemann

In a period of tremendous change in parts of the world, we are asking USIP leaders, from board members to senior staff and experts, to explain the effects that events abroad and here at home will have on the United States, and the contributions the Institute can and does make. Steven Heydemann is USIP’s senior adviser for Middle East Initiatives.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Religion

Connecting Young Activists Across the Middle East and Africa: Generation Change

Connecting Young Activists Across the Middle East and Africa: Generation Change

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

By: Aubrey Cox

Amid Yemen’s turmoil, a 27-year-old woman living in the capital Sana’a works against the odds – political and personal – to strengthen the ability of the country’s young women to promote a more inclusive society. Through a program called Generation Change, the U.S. Institute of Peace aims to support young leaders like her across the Middle East and Africa who face obstacles, even beyond the obvious security risks, that threaten the effectiveness and longevity of their work. 

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Violent Extremism; Education & Training; Youth

View All Publications