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Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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


Algeria, Libya, Morocco, North Africa, Tunisia


Arabic, French, Italian
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Recent Activity

  • October 09, 2014
    The stalemate emerging from the armed political conflict in Libya today suggests that neither the Islamist-backed Operation Dawn nor the more secular Operation Dignity movements have the capacity to dominate the other.
  • October 09, 2014
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran cowrites for the Hill on the recent turning point in the ongoing crisis in Libya:
  • September 24, 2014
    As Libya continues to fragment, diplomats have mobilized to confront the current crisis. Spain has hosted an international conference focused on the North African country’s current situation; UN Special Representative Bernardino Leon testified before the Security Council about his recent
  • September 18, 2014
    Al Jazeera quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on recent developments in Libya: 
  • September 09, 2014
    Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on how the conflict in Libya affects neighboring countries and the region more broadly: 
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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.