Atlantic Council

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

  • August 27, 2014
    In the wake of conflicting messages from the United States on reports that the United Arab Emirates and Egypt struck Islamist positions in Libya, MENASource spoke with three Atlantic Council experts to get their reactions to this news.
  • August 27, 2014
    To: The International CommunityFrom: Karim Mezran Background Security in Libya has rapidly deteriorated in the last several weeks, jeopardizing what incremental gains were aspired through new parliamentary elections, a constitution-drafting process, and a national dialogue.
  • August 26, 2014
    Middle East Eye quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on the secret airstrikes in Libya launched by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates:
  • August 18, 2014
    Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran is quoted by Voice of America on continuing violence in Libya: 
  • August 07, 2014
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran is quoted in Al-Monitor by South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Barbara Slavin on Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's recent meetings with Obama administration officials in Washington:
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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.