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

  • September 09, 2014
    Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on how the conflict in Libya affects neighboring countries and the region more broadly: 
  • September 04, 2014
    The Global Post quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran and Nonresident Fellow Mohamed Eljarh on what Libya's future looks like:
  • September 01, 2014
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on the militia seizure of the US embassy residential compound in Libya: 
  • September 01, 2014
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran joins Al Jazeera English's The Stream to discuss the ongoing conflict in Libya: 
  • 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.
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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.