Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
TopicsArab transitions, Democracy and human rights, Middle East Security, Political economy of the Middle East
RegionsAlgeria, Libya, Morocco, North Africa, Tunisia
LanguagesArabic, French, Italian
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December 05, 2016As the situation in Libya increasingly declines, and in the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump at President of the United States, Libya experts are considering new ideas for US policy in Libya. One idea is for the international…
November 22, 2016US President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy will likely seek to support the “strongman vision” of authoritarian leaders in North Africa, said Karim Mezran, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Mezran joined Elissa…
October 31, 2016
October 31, 2016Read the Publication (PDF) At the outset of the political uprisings that began in North Africa in 2010, the four countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia faced similar economic and political challenges. Over the past almost six years, the…
October 06, 2016Roughly 20 years ago, Carlo Maria Santoro, a professor of international relations at Milan and one of Italy’s foremost experts on geopolitics, wrote a book titled, The Risk from the South. He warned of Libya’s centrality to the stability of…
Full BioKarim 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.