Societies worldwide are grappling with political, technological, economic, and cultural transformations. However, the inherent pressures have been particularly combustible in the Arab world, given institutional deficiencies and the proliferation of conflict, sectarianism, and radicalization.

On January 20, 2017, Carnegie Middle East Center launched its new report entitled Arab Fractures: Citizens, States, and Social Contracts. The report explores the roots of regional turmoil in the Middle East through three layers of analysis—the human development of the Arab citizen, the status of Arab states, and the changing nature of the Arab regional system. It includes commentary by Carnegie scholars, with contributions from a number of prominent Arab thought leaders including Rached Ghannouchi, Rima Khalaf, and Salam Fayyad.

The launch of the report featured a keynote address by His Excellency Fuad Siniora, former Lebanese prime minister, and a discussion on the report with Carnegie Vice President for Studies Marwan Muasher.


Marwan Muasher

Marwan Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

H.E. Fuad Siniora

H.E. PM Fuad Siniora is a former prime minister of Lebanon. He is an elected representative of the city of Sidon as well as the head of the Future movement parliamentary bloc. 

Maha Yahya

Maha Yahya is director of Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.