The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East

The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East

The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East project will scrutinize the ways in which domestic political arrangements in the Middle East are evolving, and how the authoritarian bargains are being challenged. CIRS will probe some of the existing analytical assumptions and develop new understanding of the drivers of change in the Middle East.

Background and Scope of the Project

Background and Scope of the Project

Middle Eastern experts, scholars, and laymen were equally caught off guard by the startling political upheaval that rippled through the Arab world like a contagious disease in early 2011. While…
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Book Publication

Mehran Kamrava, ed., Beyond the Arab Spring: The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2014). The Arab Spring occurred within the context of the unraveling of the dominant “ruling…
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Related Links

Read Mehran Kamrava’s discussion on political Islam in “Coming to Terms with Political Islam,” The Daily Star, August 26, 2013. Read about The Arab Spring 18 Months Later: More Questions Than Answers  …
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Summary Report

“The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East,” CIRS Summary Report no. 9 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2013).  Long a taboo topic, as well as one that has alarmed…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about “The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East” Working Group Meeting I Click here to read about “The Evolving Ruling Bargain in the Middle East” Working Group Meeting II…