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

Fellow at the Brookings Doha Center

Amatalalim Alsoswa

Yemeni leader and activist who served on the 565-member Yemen Political National Dialogue.

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, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Linda Bishai

Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learning at the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Daniel Brumberg

Non-resident Senior Fellow


Shadi Hamid

Senior Fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution

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Imad K. Harb

Director of Research and Analysis


Marwan J. Kabalan

Head of Policy Analysis at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha

Mehran Kamrava

Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Tamara Kharroub

Deputy Executive Director & Senior Fellow


Rami G. Khouri

Non-resident Fellow

Bessma Momani

Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo

Elly Rostoum

political scientist and public policy practitioner with more than a decade of experience in both the private and governmental sectors

Sarah Leah Whitson

Executive Director of Democracy for the Arab World Now, DAWN

Zeina Azzam

Former Publications Editor