Beyond the fac̦ade : political reform in the Arab world / Marina Ottaway, Julia Choucair-Vizoso, editors.
Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, c2008.
x, 295 p. ; 23 cm.
Evaluating Middle East reforms : significant or cosmetic? / Marina Ottaway -- The ups and downs of political reform in Egypt / Michele Dunne and Amr Hamzawy -- Illusive reform : Jordan's stubborn stability / Julia Choucair-Vizoso -- Reform in Syria : steering between the Chinese model and regime change / Ellen Lust-Okar -- Requiem for Palestinian reform : clear lessons from a troubled record / Nathan Brown -- Lebanon : the challenge of reform in a weak state / Julia Choucair-Vizoso -- Demilitarizing Algeria / Hugh Roberts -- Morocco : top-down reform without democratic transition / Marina Ottaway and Meredith Riley -- The Saudi labyrinth : is there a political opening? / Amr Hamzawy -- Kuwait : politics in a participatory emirate / Paul Salem -- Yemen : the centrality of process / Sarah Phillips -- Movement in lieu of change / Julia Choucair-Vizoso.
Reform is a politically charged issue in the Middle East. Governments admit change is necessary, but do not want to surrender power. Opposition groups want democracy but cannot generate sufficient momentum. The Bush administration's "freedom agenda" has brought the issue into focus but blurred the distinction between democracy promotion and forceful regime change. Some governments have (read more)
August 1, 2008
This discussion on political reform is a part of a larger effort on the part of the Beirut-based Carnegie Middle East Center. The goal of the researchers is to provide the necessary background to introduce political reform into the Arab Middle East and North Africa in order to increase the level of democracy there. Ten case studies--Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, (read more)