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

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Noha Aboueldhahab
Amatalalim Alsoswa
Sultan Barakat

Founding Director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies and a professor in politics and post-war recovery studies

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Linda Bishai
Daniel Brumberg

Non-resident Senior Fellow


Shadi Hamid
Headshot of Imad K. Harb
Imad K. Harb

Director of Research and Analysis


Marwan J. Kabalan
Mehran Kamrava
Tamara Kharroub

Deputy Executive Director & Senior Fellow


Rami G. Khouri
Bessma Momani
Elly Rostoum
Sarah Leah Whitson
Zeina Azzam

Former Publications Editor