Reaching Out to the Arab Spring: Lessons from an American Experience

Alona Volinsky September 2013
Briefings / Israel and the Middle East

For Americans, reaching out to the Arab Spring is much easier than for Israelis. Therefore, Israeli institutions seeking dialogue with the region can benefit from insights collected and lessons learned by those in the US that are constantly engaging with emerging elites in the Arab world. The US-based Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is a leading institution in this field. In an extensive interview with Mitvim, POMED’s Executive Director, Stephen McInerney, speaks about progress towards Arab democratization, the rising significance of Arab think tanks, the importance of building a network with Arab partners, the characteristics of current US-Arab dialogues, and the prospects for broader Israeli-Arab ties.

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