Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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Expertise

Topics

Arab transitions, Democracy and human rights, Middle East Security, Political economy of the Middle East

Regions

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, North Africa, Tunisia

Languages

Arabic, French, Italian
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Recent Activity

  • May 04, 2015
    Whether one speaks to a taxi driver, a bureaucrat, an activist, or a politician, Tunisians agree: their country’s two primary challenges are security and the economy. During a research trip to Tunis in April, all of those interviewed unequivocally cited
  • April 27, 2015
    Libya's 'slave trade'—exodus of migrants from Africa—is a European crisis, says Atlantic Council's Mezran A European commitment to save lives is “backfiring” as human traffickers continue to pack boats full of migrants fleeing desperate situations in Africa and the Middle
  • April 07, 2015
    With the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) wreaking havoc in the Levant, Syria reeling from a devastating civil war, and a political crisis in Libya devolving into an entrenched armed conflict, ultimately it was the Houthi takeover in Yemen that
  • April 03, 2015
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran cowrites for the New York Times on ISIS in Libya and the UN Security Council's vote to extend the fight against ISIS to Libya:
  • March 20, 2015
    International Business Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on the difficulties of securing the Tunisian-Libyan border and what that means for Tunisia's fight against terror:
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Full Bio

Karim Mezran is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

Dr. Mezran joined the Hariri Center as a Senior Fellow focusing on the processes of change in North Africa. As a distinguished Libyan-Italian scholar, Dr. Mezran brings enormous depth of understanding to the transition in Libya and elsewhere in the region. In addition, Dr. Mezran is currently an Adjunct Professor of Middle East studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he is teaching courses on the history and politics of North Africa. For the last eight years, he has been the Director of the Center for American Studies in Rome. His analyses on the Middle East and North Africa have been widely published in Italian- and other-language journals and publications. He recently published a book on Libya in Italian, entitled Libia: fine o rinascita di una nazione? with Arturo Varvelli (Donzelli Editore 2012). Dr. Mezran holds a PhD in international relations from SAIS; a JD in comparative law from the University of Rome (La Sapienza); an LLM in comparative law from The George Washington University; an MA in Arab studies from Georgetown University; and a BA in management from Hiram College.

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