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Arab Research Support Programme II

Since 2011, the Arab Reform Initiative has held as one of its key objectives the training and support of a new generation of scholars in order to mobilize the Arab research capacity and provide a platform for youth voices to effectively participate in ongoing debates about the region's challenges. 
As part of this broader objective, ARI has been running over the last six years its Arab Research Support Programme (ARSP), a re-granting and mentoring programme which acts as an incubator for policy research. 
The programme has provided funding, methodological training, and mentoring to over 100 emerging scholars, targeting MA and PhD students specialized in five areas: 
Each participant benefited from research finance, a week-long training session on analytical tools and policy-writing skills, and regular back-and-forth exchanges with a senior mentor with the objective of producing one high-quality, original research paper.
As the programme comes to its official close, ARI is pleased to present the final round of ARSP publications. These papers represent a diverse body of work, covering countries across the region and examining different political and social processes, institutional and collective actors, and specific challenges faced in the attempted transition process. 
Eight papers are spotlighted for their outstanding contribution: 
Educated but Unemployed: The Challenge Facing Egypt’s Youth” by Adel Abelghafar [English]; 
The Role of Tunisian Elites in the Transition Process” by Bilel Kchouk [French]; 
Iraq’s Federal System and Democratic Transition” by Mujahid Yahya [Arabic]; 
Public Order and Community Policing in Beirut” by Leila Seurat [French]; 
Social Mobilization of Women Domestic Workers in Egypt” by Ranime Asheltawy [Arabic].
All the papers are available to download in the version that was finalized by the mentor and the participant and have not been subjected to any editing by ARI.

Dina El Khawaga, ARI Programme Director, leads this project assisted by Nafissa El Souri, ARI Programme and Research Assistant. 

Project Publications
The Arab Revolutions Seven Years On: The State of Social Movements in Egypt and Syria
Social movements in Egypt and Syria played a central role in sparking the 2011 revolutions. Yet, despite their profound influence, they have since been sidelined. How was social movement influenced by a restricted political sphere in Egypt and by the militarization of the revolution in Syria?
Nadine Abdalla
Arab Revolutions and Political Participation: New Patterns, Divergent Trajectories, and Different Negotiation Abilities
Arab revolutions have created new opportunities for political and social participation, and for the negotiation of rights. The revolutions themselves became factors in political and social development and engines for greater social change, even if such change was later curtailed.
Nadine Abdalla