Past News and Events
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
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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