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May 20th, 2014

Program on Arab Reform and Democracy welcomes new leadership

CDDRL, ARD News

This summer CDDRL is welcoming new leadership to oversee the growth and development of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, one of the Center's principle research program's examining contemporary issues of political development in the Arab world. CDDRL Pre-doctoral Fellow Hesham Sallam will assume the role of associate director while Assistant Professor of Political Science Lisa Blaydes will join the team of faculty co-directors to shape the program’s research agenda. Read more »



April 23rd, 2014

Stanford scholar examines entrepreneurship in North Africa

CDDRL, ARD News

In a recent report, CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow Amr Adly, with the support of the Center for International Private Enterprise, provides insight on post-revolution entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia. He suggests that in order to advance their economies, governments must carry out comprehensive reforms that provide greater accessibility to formal institutional structures for the broadest base of private sector enterprises, namely, small business owners, rural enterprises, and female entrepreneurs. Read more »



October 14th, 2013

Khatib to lead Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

CDDRL, ARD News

Lina Khatib, co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at CDDRL, has announced that she will step down from the position in December to lead the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Read more »



June 20th, 2013

Stanford scholar examines political participation in Egypt and Tunisia

CDDRL, ARD in the news

A paper released by CDDRL Arab Reform and Democracy Program Manager, Lina Khatib addresses the challenges and opportunities for political participation in Tunisia and Egypt post-Arab Spring. Published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Khatib argues that while there are challenges following the democratic transitions a new opening for political parties and civil society in the Arab world is in the making. Read more »



April 29th, 2013

CDDRL Scholar Amr Adly opines in the Egypt Independent

CDDRL, ARD in the news: Egypt Independent

CDDRL scholar Amr Adly published a number of opinion pieces in the Egypt Independent. His most recent ones on the Muslim Brotherhood's authoritarianism and on the dire state of the Egyptian economy are included below.




March 4th, 2013

ARD conference takes place in Tunis, March 28-29

CDDRL, ARD News

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is holding its fourth annual conference in Tunis on March 28-29. This year's conference theme 'Building Bridges: Towards Viable Democracies in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya' examines the cornerstones of democratic transition in those countries. It will address: - Constitution drafting - National dialogues and civil society - Political coalitions and Islamism - Political participation and pluralism - Economic policy - Arab relations with the USA and Europe Read more »



January 22nd, 2013

Two years after the Arab Spring, the fate of democracy is still uncertain

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, ARD in the news

Two years after the events marking the Arab Spring, Hicham Ben Abdallah assesses the state of democratic development across the Middle East and North Africa in a piece for Le Monde Diplomatique and an interview with the Brazilian publication O Globo. Abdallah, a consulting professor at FSI and CDDRL, describes the stalled democratic transitions in Egypt and Tunisia, growing opposition to Arab monarchies, and the Syrian civil war that could ignite religious tensions across the region.





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