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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November 14, 2014The Constitutional Chamber of the Libyan Supreme Court ruled on November 6 the invalidity of the seventh amendment of the Constitutional Declaration, containing what is known as the February Commission's proposals, which was approved by General National Congress on Marchâ€¦
November 10, 2014Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on Libya's fractured society three years after the ouster of former President Moammar Gadhafi:
November 10, 2014As UN officials and Western envoys shuttle back and forth trying to cobble together a robust negotiations process to resolve the Libyan conflict, the North African countryâ€™s Supreme Courtâ€”the last standing state institution with some semblance of neutrality and credibilityâ€”issuedâ€¦
October 29, 2014When it comes to the narrative of Arab democracies, Sunday, October 26 marked a historic day. Tunisia, the country that sparked the so-called Arab Spring, held its first elections under a post-revolution constitution.
October 09, 2014The 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.
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.