'From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World'
Seminar - Stanford University

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

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.

Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

April 26-27, 2012

The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy (ARD) at Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law has held its third annual conference


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.”

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.