Category Archives: Arab Spring

Student Research Explores Open Government Reform in Tunisia

nada_7This post, originally published by the Ash Center, profiles recent Harvard Kennedy School grad Nada Zohdy, MPP ’15. As a student Zohdy studied the mechanics of new forms of citizen participation and engagement both close to home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and in the Middle East/North Africa. Zohdy now manages the OpenGov Hub in Washington, D.C., a co-working community where she interacts daily with people from across the globe who are working on the frontiers of open government. Read more about the Ash Center’s Democracy in Hard Places initiative, which seeks to understand why democratic institutions thrive in some countries while failing in others.
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The Future of Democracy in the Arab World: Reform Versus Revolution

tarekThis post was originally published by the Harvard Kennedy School on June 2, 2015. Doug Gavel interviews the Ash Center’s Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Masoud’s research focuses on the role of religion in the Muslim world’s political development. He is the author of Counting Islam: Religion, Class, and Elections in Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2014), the co-author of The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as of several articles and book chapters. “I think that you should never bet against the prospects for evolution towards something better in the Middle East,” Masoud says. “In fact, I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t think there was not potential within the Arab region for more accountable government that was more responsive to its citizens.”
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