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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March 07, 2014Libya’s international partners and allies gathered in Rome yesterday in a show of support for the North African country’s transition to democracy since Qaddafi’s ouster in 2011.
March 03, 2014For months now, Libya has found itself in a deteriorating security situation that hampers political progress. Since the revolution in 2011, Libyan authorities and their international partners regarded the country’s security challenges as the source of the problem rather than…
February 12, 2014The February 7 deadline for the General National Congress (GNC) has passed with news trickling in of a handful of legislators resigning in protest but no significant movement to shake the country out of its political paralysis and regenerate momentum…
February 05, 2014More than two years since Libyans and international forces overthrew longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya suffers from fragmentation as competing forces vie to fill the power vacuum. An emerging and worrying trend of political blocs within the General National Congress…
January 22, 2014Libya’s future as a democracy hinges on the constitution-drafting process and the ability of the constituent assembly to consider and adequately address major political and security challenges. The Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center released an issue brief today, titled “Negotiating Libya’s…
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.