Arab States in Transition

This project will endeavour to explain the political and economic factors influencing transitions in the Arab World in order to help policy actors steer the process toward stable democracy and sustainable, equitable economic growth. At the same time, it will help train young researchers from the countries involved to conduct high quality policy oriented research. Researchers will study key participants in transitions, their motivation, goals and organization; examine the role of institutions in ensuring a successful transition; document the nature of the small revolutions that are accompanying the big ones; and investigate the interplay between political and economic factors. Workshops will be convened involving experts, activists, policymakers and other actors involved in their country's transition. The workshops will allow the participants to define the problems as they see them, and point the researchers in new directions. The project is expected to result in a range of outputs for general and policy audiences in the region and beyond.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, September 22, 2011

End Date

Sunday, September 22, 2013


24 months

IDRC Officer

El-Rifai, Roula

Total funding

CA$ 674,400


Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Marina Ottaway

Project Leader

Paul Salem


Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Institution Country

United States

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