The Arab World Beyond Conflict

The Arab World Beyond Conflict is a collection of research essays on the causes of conflict in the Arab world and ways to address them. The book is based on the proceedings of ACW’s third annual conference of the same title, held in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2018. It evaluates the domestic conditions for the existence and perpetuation of conflicts in the Arab region and recommends strategies for mitigating them by highlighting the dual and dialectical relationship between the state, as the legal political entity, and the citizen, as the agent for legitimizing the state’s rule. Most importantly, this volume calls for strengthening the Arab peoples’ agency in helping not only to lessen the causes giving rise to conflict in their lives but to participate in building the states that work to prevent conflict from afflicting their societies in the first place.. A hard copy of the book can be ordered from ACW by writing to

Zeina Azzam and Imad K. Harb

Noha Aboueldahab, Amatalalim Alsoswa, Sultan Barakat, Linda Bishai, Daniel Brumberg, Shadi Hamid, Imad K. Harb, Khalil E. Jahshan, Marwan J. Kabalan, Mehran Kamrava, Tamara Kharroub, Rami G. Khouri, Bessma Momani, Elly Rostoum, Sarah Leah Whitson

Khalil E. Jahshan

Introductory Remarks: The Path to Ending Conflicts: Prospects and Hindrances
Amatalalim Alsoswa

Foreword: Conflict in the Arab World and the Way Forward
Imad K. Harb

I. Addressing the Root Causes of Conflict in the Region

Deep Socioeconomic Disparities Exacerbate Arab Tensions
Rami G. Khouri

Government Survival Strategies in the Middle East
Sarah Leah Whitson

Chronic Insecurity in the Middle East: Causes and Consequences
Mehran Kamrava

The Legacy of the Pillared Arab State
Daniel Brumberg

II. State-Building in the Arab Region: Future Prospects

Time, Transition, and Justice in Arab States
Noha Aboueldahab

A Collaborative Regional Reconstruction Strategy in the Arab World
Sultan Barakat

Inclusive Economic Growth in Arab States
Bessma Momani

III. Toward Inclusive Citizenship in Arab Societies

Identity and Inclusion: Rethinking Citizenship in Arab Societies
Linda Bishai and Elly Rostoum

The Dilemma of “Normalization”: Can Islamists Participate without Polarizing Politics?
Shadi Hamid

Middle East Sectarianism: A Symptom to a Cause
Marwan J. Kabalan

Identity Politics 2.0: Cyber Geopolitics and the Weaponization of Social Media
Tamara Kharroub

Biographies of the Contributors


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