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American University of Beirut - Princeton University Conference
On February 2 & 3, the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut, in collaboration with Princeton University, hosted a conference on Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010. On a panel dedicated to findings from the Arab Barometer, Sabri Cifti, Ishac Diwan, Michael Robbins and Mark Tessler presented findings from the third and fourth wave of the survey.

American Political Science Association Annual Meetings
On September 1, Amaney Jamal, Mark Tessler and Michael Robbins will present on support for the Islamic State among ordinary citizens across the Middle East and North Africa.

Economic Research Forum Blogpost
Mark Tessler examines the issues of gender inequality and support for the Islamic State in a blogpost for the Economic Research Forum.

Article link: ERF blogpost

What do ordinary citizens in the Arab world really think about the Islamic State

 Article Link:   Washington Post Article

 Download: Tessler Robbins Jamal - Support for Daesh.pdf 

Symposium on Competencies and Knowledge in Questionnaire Translation and Cross-Cultural Questionnaire Development
On September 29, Project Director Michael Robbins will present on the Arab Barometer’s practices for translation and ensuring equivalence of concepts across the Middle East and North Africa at a symposium held by GESIS — Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim, Germany.

Arab Prize of Social Sciences and Humanities Awarded to Paper Using Arab Barometer Data
Amer Mahdi received the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies for his paper “The Relationship Between Education and Democracy in the Arab World”  based on results from the second wave of the Arab Barometer.

New Analysis on Iran Nuclear Deal
Project Director Michael Robbins investigates how Arab citizens view Iran in a new media analysis for The Conversation.

Forum on Global Barometer Surveys
On June 28, Project Director Michael Robbins presented findings on levels of political trust across the Middle East and North Africa at the 2015 Forum on Global Barometer Surveys hosted by the Sudan-Duke Center for Global Attitudes about Politics and Society at Fudan University in Shanghai. On July 1, Robbins presented about views of China in the Arab world at the China Center for Contemporary World Studies in Beijing.

AIMS Workshop on Linking Public Opinion and Political Action
The Arab Barometer cohosted the 2015 American Institute for Maghrib Studies annual workshop, "Linking Public Opinion and Political Action," from May 30 - June 1, 2015 in Tunis, Tunisia. The workshop aimed to strengthen our understanding of the link between public opinion, elite behavior and outcomes. There is often a gap between public attitudes and political outcomes. For instance, public opinion surveys show widespread support for democracy in Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Libya, but this support has not translated into smooth transition processes toward democracy. Similar gaps are found with regard to service provision, foreign policy and other outcomes, and the distance between preferences and outcomes varies across time, between countries and sub-regionally.



On March 8, Amaney Jamal, Michael Robbins, Khalil Shikaki, and Mark Tessler will be presented findings from the third wave of the Arab Barometer at a plenary session of the World Association for Public Opinion Research hosted by the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute at Qatar University.

New Working Paper
Co-PI Mark Tessler investigates support for political Islam across the Middle East and North Africa in a new Economic Research Forum working paper.

Detecting Data Falsification
On February 13, Project Director Michael Robbins presented on new techniques for detecting and preventing data falsification in survey research as part of a panel at Harvard University sponsored by the New England Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion.

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USIP Event

Public Opinion in the Arab World: What do the latest surveys tell us?
Members of the Arab Barometer Survey Committee Speak at the United States Institute of Peace

The Arab uprisings were a vivid demonstration of the importance of public opinion in the Middle East. Frustrated by poor governance and the lack of economic opportunity, citizens demonstrated in mass protests on the streets, and online, throughout the region. As autocrats fell, instability and extremism rose. Although democracy appears to be succeeding in Tunisia, in most of the Arab Spring countries the future is far from secure.

To learn how citizens in these countries view government, religion and economic opportunities, please join the U.S. Institute for Peace (USIP), the Arab Barometer, the Arab Reform Initiative, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Project on Middle East Political Science for discussion on how publics view the situations in their respective countries.  The event will highlight new findings from the third wave of surveys (late 2012-2014) of the Arab Barometer across 12 Arab countries including Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, and more.

Mapping (and Explaining) Attitudes toward Political Islam among Ordinary Citizens in the Middle East and North Africa: Selected findings from the Arab Barometer
Has Arab Support for Democracy Declined Since the Arab Spring?

Khalil Shikaki
The Effect of the Arab Spring: Evidence from the Arab Barometer
Michael Robbins
Social Justice in the Arab World: Changes since the Arab Spring
Amaney Jamal and Michael Robbins

Public Opinion in the Arab World: What do the latest surveys tell us?
United States Institute of Peace

Public Opinion in the Arab World: What do the latest surveys tell us?

AB Doha Meeting, March 2013

The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) at Qatar University organized a conference in March 18-20, 2013 to review findings from recent various survey research projects. The conference, The Rise in Public Engagement: Qatar, the Region and the World, was organized and hosted by SESRI in collaboration with the Arab Barometer and the World Values Survey. Members of the Arab Barometer’s Steering Committee and many of the various national teams presented findings from AB’s wave II. On the occasion of the conference, AB teams and the Steering Committee met separately to review progress in AB III and to make plans for AB IV.

AB Receives Award

In 2010, the American Political Science Association selected the Arab Barometer for its Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Prize.  The prize recognized the Arab Barometer as the best publicly available data set in comparative politics. Members of the Steering Committee Mark Tessler and Amaney Jamal received the award on behalf of the Arab Barometer.