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Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

Mezran Karim 175

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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

  • July 30, 2014
    Violent battles in Libya’s capital have intensified over the past several weeks, with the Tripoli airport under siege and a recent decision by the US government to evacuate US embassy staff. Libya’s political transition has been overwhelmed by deteriorating security,
  • July 25, 2014
    Libya's democratic promise is more precarious than ever. On the one hand, the government recently reached a deal with armed groups to end a year-long blockade of critical oil fields, and the election commission released final results from the recent
  • July 24, 2014
    Al Jazeera America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on rogue ex-general Khalifa Haftar:
  • July 24, 2014
    If recent days’ events are any indication, Libya is rapidly descending into chaos. The latest clashes began with the attack on the main international airport in Tripoli, with rival militias pitted against one another in an armed struggle, fomenting anarchy
  • July 21, 2014
    Most observers, saddened and appalled by the collapse of security and the spread of violence across the Middle East—from Libya to Egypt to Syria, Iraq, and Bahrain, not to mention the crisis in Gaza—focus on Tunisia as the only positive
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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.