SIPRI Policy Paper: Governance in Iraq & Lebanon

Reform within the System: Governance in Iraq and Lebanon

Author: Amal Bourhrous, Meray Maddah, Shivan Fazil & Dylan O’Driscoll (SIPRI)

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute


The 2019 protests in Iraq and Lebanon revealed a widespread dissatisfaction with political systems based on sectarian and ethnosectarian power-sharing, which many saw as being responsible for a host of governance failures. This has given rise to demands for a wholesale change of the political systems in both countries. However, the dismantlement of identity-based power-sharing systems is a remote prospect—they are deeply entrenched, and change would depend on action from the very political elites that benefit from them.

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GLD Policy Roundtable: Morocco

The Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) is hosting a policy roundtable on Morocco.

Morocco has one of the most advanced local governance systems in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Despite its monarchical structure, the regime has held local elections since the 1960s and local councils play an important role in providing services and addressing the everyday needs of Moroccan citizens throughout the state. On September 8, 2021, Moroccans elected about 30,600 local council seats and 678 regional council seats.

Join us for our upcoming policy roundtable on October 25th, where we have invited experts to discuss the results of the most recent elections, implications for local governance, and the impact of autocratic rule on shaping policy outcomes at the subnational level.

  • Saloua Zerhouni, professor of political science at Mohammed V University in Rabat
  • Romain Ferrali, Assistant Professor, Aix Marseille School of Economics
  • Francesco Colin, Ph.D. researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Marwa Shalaby (Moderator), assistant professor in the departments of Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Use this link to go to the event page and register