Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution
Transnational Movements and Inclusionary State
About the Project
This project seeks to foster the establishment of country and regional networks to promote a policy advocacy agenda that enables the promotion of inclusion of communities within the context of a pluralistic state. One major output of this project will be the development of a database that can serve as an online resource for local and regional scholars. These achievements will help sustain a permanent research and policy agenda that can provide MENA scholars, experts and stakeholders with resources and networking capacity to better inform and reform policies in their respective countries. To that end, this project targets three states – Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq – and sets the stage for further research and policy reforms in other MENA countries.
The project aims to strengthen government response to transnational and radical communitarian networks in the MENA region.
- Establish an action research agenda that informs foundational and inclusive policy strategies for the MENA region’s plural societies.
- Form a network of regional stakeholders that aims to attain a multi-communitarian and inclusive society in the MENA region.
- Develop policy advocacy strategies that build on shared experiences and lessons learned.
- Expand the network of regional stakeholders and gain support for strategic reforms through lessons learned and expansion of the regional network.
- Disseminate and promote policy reforms that target the larger public, scholars and practitioner community.
This work will be achieved by compiling contemporary literature and research, analyzing relevant political discourse and drivers of dissent in various Arab States, and providing a platform for policy reforms. With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR) has initiated a critical research and seeks to establish networks of experts and scholars that can examine contemporary developments and instigate policy reforms in partnership with key stakeholders.
The project will develop along the following phases:
- Mapping existing research: This activity will be initiated by a comprehensive mapping of post-“Arab spring” researches and studies that have focused on the foundation of an inclusive multi-communitarian state to undermine transnational radical appeals. It will be carried out by three leading researchers commissioned to conduct the study in three Arab states: Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq.
- Meeting policy stakeholders: Fifteen policy stakeholders from the three targeted Arab states will meet in Beirut along with the three lead research experts who will moderate the sessions to present TMIS-D and major research mappings and findings.
- Policy advocacy: Stakeholders will advocate for and debate recommendations in public panels and in the media. They will execute advocacy action plans as developed in the Beirut conference.
- Follow-up on policy stakeholders meeting: Following the initial meeting – and after a year of policy advocacy in the respective countries – a follow-up conference will bring together the stakeholders. The aim of the meeting is to reflect on lessons learned and to highlight challenges encountered while expanding on the policy advocacy network. The meeting will revisit policy priorities and revise recommendations. Outcomes of the meeting will be presented and discussed in public panels.