Karim Mezran

Resident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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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

  • April 07, 2015
    With the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) wreaking havoc in the Levant, Syria reeling from a devastating civil war, and a political crisis in Libya devolving into an entrenched armed conflict, ultimately it was the Houthi takeover in Yemen that
  • April 03, 2015
    Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran cowrites for the New York Times on ISIS in Libya and the UN Security Council's vote to extend the fight against ISIS to Libya:
  • March 20, 2015
    International Business Times quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on the difficulties of securing the Tunisian-Libyan border and what that means for Tunisia's fight against terror:
  • March 20, 2015
    Wednesday’s armed assault on the Bardo Museum in Tunis ended in the tragic loss of life of at least twenty foreign tourists and two Tunisian museum employees. These were not senseless killings but rather a calculated move on the part
  • March 19, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Rafik Hariri Center Senior Fellow Karim Mezran on the danger of Tunisia reverting to its old way of autocratic rule after the Bardo Museum massacre that left twenty-one dead:
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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.