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Anti-corruption strategies: successes and failures

By Khalid Sekkat Countries in the Middle East and North Africa don’t typically score well in term of corruption. This column looks at anti-corruption strategies around the world to explore what might ... read more


Call for Applications: Fellowship on Economic Vulnerability in the Arab World

Overview The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota announces the availability of a limited number of fellowships for junior scholars from the Arab world to participate in ... read more


Lessons and pitfalls of transitions to democracy

By Melani Cammett Under what circumstances is a country most likely to make a successful transition to democracy? This column outlines the roles of both human agency and  ... read more


The Political Economy of State Business Relations and of Growth in the MENA Region (Phase II)

ERF invites affiliates and non-ERF affiliates to submit proposals that enhance the understanding of the political economy of economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The ... read more


The Political Economy of the Private Sector in the Middle East

The MENA region suffers from a fragile private sector that is weakly connected with global markets and thrives largely under state patronage. Although extensive state-business interactions can form the basis ... read more




The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies

ERF has organized a workshop on "The Political Economy of Contemporary Arab Societies", in Beirut, Lebanon, in collaboration with The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), ... read more


How Can We Limit the Damage?

By Joost Hiltermann is Program Director, Middle East and  North Africa, at the International Crisis Group. The economic challenges faced by states and societies in the ... read more


Lessons from the Arab Spring: Toward a New Development Agenda for the Middle East

By Hafez Ghanem, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa and ERF Research Fellow. Tunisia and Egypt were growing at around ... read more