Demos Team

Prof. Larbi Sadiki is Executive Director of Demos-Tunisia. He is an internationally-recognized expert on Arab democratization who has researched and published extensively on the topic. Amongst his books are The Search for Arab Democracy: Discourses and Counter-Discourses (Columbia University Press, 2004), Rethinking Arab Democratization: Elections without Democracy (OUP, 2009), and the Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics: Interdisciplinary Inscriptions (Routledge, 2020). He is Editor of the book series Routledge Studies on Middle East Democratization and Government and Editor-in-Chief of the Brill journal Protest. His blogs, which circulated widely during the Arab Spring, appeared in Aljazeera English. He has been a fellow with the Heinrich Boll Foundation, Carnegie Middle East, Brookings Doha, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs and has been an academic at the Australian National University, the University of Exeter, the University of Westminster, and Qatar University.

Dr. Layla Saleh is Director of Research at Demos-Tunisia. A political scientist by training, she specializes in Arab politics, protest movements, and democratization. Her publications include the book US Hard Power in the Arab World: Resistance, the Syrian Uprising, and the US War on Terror (Routledge, 2017), COVID-19 and Risk Society Across the MENA Region: Assessing Governance, Democracy, and Inequality (IB Tauris, 2022, co-edited with Larbi Sadiki), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She teaches at Qatar University’s Department of International Affairs, and is Associate Editor of the Brill journal Protest.

Mr. Abdelhamid Ben Rabah is Digital and IT Head at Demos-Tunisia. He is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Tunis-Manouba, where he is developing digital and algorithmic methods for the extraction of events and the generation of semantic maps. 

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