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

  • January 27, 2015
    Chaos in North African nation creates ‘natural environment’ for jihadist groups, Atlantic Council’s Mezran says Fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are taking advantage of the chaos in Libya to expand their presence in the
  • January 21, 2015
    What is happening in Libya? And how will Egypt react? Libya today has devolved into a violent political struggle between two major blocs: the internationally recognized, Tobruk-based parliament versus Tripoli’s parliament and administration.
  • January 20, 2015
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran and Associate Director Tarek Radwan cowrite for The Cairo Review of Global Affairs on Egypt's reaction to Libya's political struggle:
  • December 28, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on Qatari involvement in Middle East conflicts:
  • December 23, 2014
    Following Muammar Qaddafi's ouster more than three years ago, Libya fragmented, and the absence of a capable central government opened up the space for a violent political struggle over the country's key resources and state institutions that continues today. Given
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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.