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Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World | MOULAY HICHAM FOUNDATION
Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World
Annual Conference - Stanford

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University examines the different social and political dynamics within Arab countries and the evolution of their political systems, focusing on the prospects, conditions, and possible pathways for political reform in the region.
This multidisciplinary program brings together both scholars and practitioners--from the policy making, civil society, NGO (non-government organization), media, and political communities--as well as other actors of diverse backgrounds from the Arab world, to consider how democratization and more responsive and accountable governance might be achieved, as a general challenge for the region and within specific Arab countries.
The program aims to be a hub for intellectual capital about issues related to good governance and political reform in the Arab world, producing sound, rigorous, and thoughtful academic research grounded in hands-on work in the Arab world and allowing diverse opinions and voices to be heard.
It benefits from the rich input of the academic community at Stanford, from faculty to researchers to graduate students, as well as our partners in the Arab world and Europe.
Day One - April 26, 2012:

9:00-10:30 Welcome and Opening Panel – International & Domestic Frameworks for Development
Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University
Adel Abdellatif, UNDP
George Kossaifi, Dar Al-Tanmiyah
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Session 1: Political Economy of Reform
Chair: Hicham Ben Abdallah, Stanford University
-          Mongi Boughzala, University of Tunis El-Manar
-          Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Center for International Private Enterprise
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Session 2: Oil-Dependent Economies and Social and Political Development
Chair: Terry Karl, Stanford University (TBC)
-          Hedi Larbi, World Bank
-          Ibrahim Saif, Carnegie Middle East Center
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00 Session 3: Youth, ICTs, and Development Opportunities
Chair: Sean Yom, Temple University
-          Loubna Skalli-Hanna, American University
-          Hatoon Ajwad Al-Fassi, King Saud University
Day Two - April 27, 2012:

9:00-10:30 Session 1: Civil Society Development
Chair: Lina Khatib, Stanford University
-          Laryssa Chomiak, Centre d’Etudes Maghrebines a Tunis (CEMAT)
-          Rihab Elhaj, New Libya Foundation
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Session 2: Democratic Transition and the Political Development of Women
Chair: Katie Zoglin, Human Rights Lawyer
-          Valentine Moghadam, Northeastern University
-          Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Session 3: Minority Rights as a Key Component of Development
Chair: Joel Beinin, Stanford University
-          Mona Makram-Ebeid, American University in Cairo
-          Nadim Shehadi, Chatham House
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 Session 4: Towards Integrated Development in the Arab World
Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University
-          Closing roundtable discussion: Scenarios for integrated development
4:30-5:30pm Reception

From Street Mobilization to Political Mobilization

From 'Street Mobilization to Political Mobilization' took place in Skhirat, Morocco, on the 1st and 2nd of September 2012. It was organised by the Moulay Hicham Foundation as a closed retreat. You can download here the papers presented to the Conference.

Transition in Tunisia - Towards a New Citizenship

The concept of citizenship, beyond the mere legal character, is becoming the social dynamic driving individuals to participate in the construction of a democratic society. No one-is able to predict what model of citizenship the current transformations in Arab countries will lead to. In the Arab world the question of citizenship is an ongoing and endless debate. Because it is linked to rights, the modern concept of citizenship has been framed within a legal character

American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS)

April 10-14, 2012

The Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law together with the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) present the inaugural summit convening 40 delegates from across the Middle East and North America at Stanford University April 10-14, 2012.


These inspirational young leaders will be sharing their innovative work with the Stanford community and be joined by special guest speakers from the Middle East commenting on timely topics emerging from the region.

Migrations and Social Movements in the Arab World

Paris, 27-28 of June.
The chaire d’histoire du Monde arabe contemporain at Collège de France together with the Moulay Hicham Foundation have organised a workshop on the theme : Migrations and Social Movements in the Arab World.

It explored migration issues through the lens of the social movements that are shaking the region.



Workshop on the Arab Spring Revolutions

November 18-19, 2011
Participants: Olivier Roy, Amaney Jamal, Farhad Khosrokhavar, Teije Donker, Virginie Collombier, Sari Hanafi, Marwa Daoudy, Rabab El Mahdi, Ellen Lust, Carol Hakim, Bernard Haykel

Two themes and sets of questions were covered in this workshop that relate to the political developments of the “Arab Spring.”

'From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World'

This conference focused on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia


Annual Conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)

Stanford University May 12-13, 2011 Bechtel Conference Center, Stanford University


Thursday May 12, 2011

8:30-9:00 Welcome


9:00-9:45 Opening Speech Activism in the Middle East: A Framework Ellen Lust, Yale University


9:45-10:15 Break


10:15-12:15 Tunisia and Egypt Chair: Ellen Lust, Yale University Toward a Second Republic in Tunisia Christopher Alexander, Davidson


College Political Activism of Everyday Life: Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution Nabiha Jerad


Tunisia Factors Leading to the Egyptian Revolution; Where are We Now?Ahmed Salah, Egypt


Discussant: Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace






The Gulf Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University The 2011 Uprising in Bahrain and its Consequences on the Participative Institutions Laurence Louër, Sciences Po


Activism in Bahrain and the Struggle for Reform? Maryam Al Khawaja, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights


Saudi Arabia: The Impossible Revolution? Stéphane Lacroix, Sciences Po


Challenges to Realistic Political Reforms in Yemen Munir Mawari, Yemen






Syria and Lebanon Chair: Lina Khatib, Stanford University


Activism and the Orphan Reform in Lebanon, Ziad Majed, American University of Paris


Syria from Political Activism to Popular Uprising: A Roadmap to Democracy Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University


Discussant: Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University


Friday May 13, 2011


Palestine Chair: Khalil Barhoum, Stanford University


Pretending Palestine is Normal Nathan Brown, George Washington University


Palestine: The Non-violent Popular Struggle for Freedom and the Future of Democracy Mustafa Barghouti, MP, Palestine


10:30-11:00 Break



Jordan and Morocco Chair: Hicham Ben Abdallah, Stanford University


A Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan: The Resilience of the Rentier System Marwan Muasher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Assessing Current Public Perceptions of Political Activism Development in Jordan Amer Bani Amer, Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development


Morocco: Activist Revival vs. Autocratic Resilience Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University


Discussant: Sean Yom, Temple University




Lunch 2:00-4:00


Concluding Roundtable Discussion and Reflections Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University


Workshop: Climate Change in the MENA region

Climate change presents clear and present challenges to the social, political, and economic well being of North Africa and the Middle East  (MENA).  There is broad consensus on this point; however, there are significant variations from country to country about what addressing these challenges entails. A deeper and more sophisticated body of knowledge regarding the unique challenges facing the region must be developed in tandem with development of clearer political will, so that regional actors may progress down the path of informed, proactive adaptation.