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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June 28, 2016
June 14, 2016War on ISIS may put rival Libyan forces on a collision course, said the Atlantic Council’s Karim Mezran The battle to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham out of the Libyan city of Sirte may have the unintended…
June 09, 2016On June 7, 2016 the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East launched a new report, A Transatlantic Strategy for a Democratic Tunisia. The Atlantic Council’s Fran Burwell moderated a discussion between Amy Hawthorne of the Project on…
June 07, 2016Tunisia’s democratic transition and economic growth can lead to security and stability in a volatile neighborhood, according to a US government official. “A successful Tunisia benefits not only the Tunisian people but enhances security, prosperity, and influence in the region…
May 19, 2016Tunisia has been considered by most observers as the success story of the Arab Spring. If compared with the disastrous situations in Libya, Yemen, and Syria, and with the increasingly complicated situation in Egypt, Tunisia’s success seems an apparent truth.
Full BioKarim 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.