Transitional Governance Project
Author: Tam Rankin, Middle East Studies Center
Posted: October 9, 2013

In an effort to increase understanding about the pressures, processes, and prospects for transitions, Portland State University Assistant Professor of Political Science Lindsay Benstead and her colleagues Ellen Lust, Dhafer Malouche, Gamal Soltan, and Jakob Wichmann established the Transitional Governance Project.

The Transitional Governance Project has conducted public opinion polls, qualitative interviews, and electoral result analyses in several in the Middle East and North Africa to study:

  • People: How women, youth, and minorities are affected during transitions and are assisted during the implementation of targeted policy intervention
  • Political Processes: How to establish support for and promote the development of strong political parties and electoral systems
  • Identities and Ideologies: The role that ethnicity and religion play a role in transitional societies and how membership in these groups affects access to resources

With a goal to inform policymakers engaged in improving governance, the Transitional Governance Project shares findings through political party trainings, meetings with government officials and NGOs, and publications.

Recent publications from the Transitional Governance Project

"Winners and Losers After Arab Spring," Yale Global, (Aug. 28 2013) (Featured in the Forum’s September 30, 2013 Worth Reading)

"It’s Morning in Libya," Foreign Affairs, (Aug. 6, 2013)

Believing In Democracy: Public Opinion Survey in Libya (in collaboration with National Democratic Institute and Diwan Market Research), August 2013

The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library. | | 503-725-4074