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Tue, Dec 24, 2019

Top Five of 2019

The Middle East continued to be a tumultuous region this year, as protest movements expanded across Iran, Algeria, Sudan, Iraq, and Lebanon. As we have reported and provided analysis on these ongoing issues, it is clear that much remains to be resolved in 2020. Below are the top five blog pieces of 2019 that touched a nerve with our audiences and were the most viewed of the year.

MENASource by Reema Hibrawi

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Grand in the Italian Journal of International Studies: Reflections on the Arab Spring

Recent popular protests in Algeria and Sudan have resurrected debate over the Arab Spring. In 2011, the crux of that debate was neatly summed up in the title of an article that appeared in these pages: “Whither the Arab Spring? 1989 or 1848?” (Springborg 2011). In other words, were these citizen protests the harbingers of thoroughgoing […]

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Middle East

Thu, Mar 21, 2019

The Khashoggi killing through Saudi eyes

President Donald Trump famously bragged during his election campaign that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” If the consensus of the US intelligence community is to be believed, Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman may actually accomplish a comparable feat.

MENASource by Stephen Grand

Saudi Arabia

Stephen Grand is a nonresident senior fellow with the Council’s Middle East Programs. He previously led the Middle East Strategy Task Force at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Concurrently, he is the executive director of the Network for Dialogue, a joint initiative of the Istituto Afari Internazionali (an Italian foreign policy institute) and PAX (a Dutch peacebuilding organization).

Previously, he was a visiting professor at Utrecht University, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Grand was also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on US Relations with the Islamic World (housed within the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings), where he served as director from 2006 to 2013. He is the author of the book Understanding Tahrir Square: What Transitions Elsewhere Can Teach Us about the Prospects for Arab Democracy (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). He serves on the board of the Project on Middle East Democracy and Foreign Policy for America, and is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation.

From 2004 to 2006, Grand was director of the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group. He has also served as an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service and Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. From 2002 to 2003, he was an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute. Prior to June 2002, Grand served as director of programs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States. Before joining GMF in 1997, he was a professional staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, covering Europe. In 1994, he was a visiting researcher at Charles University’s Center for Economics and Graduate Education in Prague. Grand earned a PhD from the department of government at Harvard University and a BA in political science from the government honors program at the University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar.