As Arab political transitions stumble and parties clash over the pace and direction of reforms, analysts are largely focused on the differences between political actors—Islamists, Salafis, liberals, and others—and the implications for political development. But critics argue that this distracts attention from trying to understand the critical institutional changes underway in these countries.
Frederic Wehrey, Ellen Lust, and Jakob Mathias Wichman discussed political change and institutional dynamics in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. Marwan Muasher moderated.
About the Middle East Program
The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in processes of political, economic, and geopolitical change in Egypt, North Africa, Israel/Palestine, the Gulf, and Iran.