Larbi Sadiki

About Larbi Sadiki

Larbi Sadiki is a senior associate fellow at Al Sharq Strategic Research and professor of Arab Democratization at Qatar University and the author of The Search for Arab Democracy: Discourses and Counter-Discourses (Columbia University Press, 2004) and Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2009). Most recently, he is editor of Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics: Interdisciplinary Inscriptions (2020). He is also Lead Principal Investigator in the four-year QNRF-funded project titled “Transitions of Islam and Democracy: Engendering ‘Democratic Learning’ and Civic Identities.” Research Interests: Democratization, Democracy and Islamism, Arab Spring, New Politics and Protest, and Arab politics in general.
24 Aug, 2021

“Cyber Protest”: The Hidden Face-book of Tunisia’s July 25

Larbi Sadiki | 24 August 2021

Tunisia’s president does not have a Facebook account. Kais Saied comes from humble origins. At university, he had qualms with the professoriate from the largely urban Beldi elite. Saied kept aloof from the politics [...]

“Cyber Protest”: The Hidden Face-book of Tunisia’s July 252021-08-24T15:59:57+03:00
3 Feb, 2021

Sculpting the Statue of Revolution and Democracy: Tunisia Ten Years On

Larbi Sadiki | 03 February 2021 | AR

As Arabs mark the tenth anniversary of their uprisings, scholars find endless interpretations of how to read them. Transitologists are yet to find their Godot – Arab Spring “democracy”. Ten years have been fraught with more counter-revolution than revolution? And of more authoritarian rule than democracy?
Sculpting the Statue of Revolution and Democracy: Tunisia Ten Years On2021-02-08T14:08:57+03:00
30 Dec, 2020

Reflections on Obama’s Narration of America in the Middle East: No “Promised Land” for Arabs

Larbi Sadiki | 30 December 2020 | TR | AR

Narratives matter in politics, and the narratives of the powerful tend to reinforce their international supremacy. Barack Obama’s latest contribution to the American presidential memoir genre will likely carry significance beyond a truthhood-falsity barometer we have grown accustomed to use with the epithets, statements, and Tweets of the sitting President Donald Trump
Reflections on Obama’s Narration of America in the Middle East: No “Promised Land” for Arabs2020-12-31T15:32:56+03:00
7 Oct, 2020

Peace-Making in the Middle East: “Normalization” with…without Palestine?

Larbi Sadiki | 07 October 2020 | TR | AR

Under the “Trump Deal”, the recent brand of normalization of one-Arab-state-at-a-time with Israel has neglected issues of Palestinian justice and right to statehood. This paper argues that these glaring omissions,
Peace-Making in the Middle East: “Normalization” with…without Palestine?2020-10-12T14:27:30+03:00
26 Aug, 2020

The Failure of Bargain Politics and Tunisia’s Crisis of Democratization

Larbi Sadiki | 26 August 2020 | AR | TR

Under a cloud of uncertainty, Tunisians have been awaiting the formation of a third government since the fall 2019 elections. This article discusses the failure of both political parties and politicians at bargain politics or enacting
The Failure of Bargain Politics and Tunisia’s Crisis of Democratization2020-08-28T14:31:07+03:00
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