Since the publication of its first issue in January 2008, Contemporary Arab Affairs (CAA) has travelled a long way. At the very beginning, the board of directors of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS), a well-known think tank and a publisher in Arabic, decided to issue an international quarterly journal in English. The objective was to publish and circulate authentic research and studies originally produced in Arabic, thus making them available to an international audience in order to promote constructive dialogue on Arab political, socio-economic, and cultural affairs.

The editorial of the first issue of CAA identified its goal as establishing “a bridge linking the Arab world to the international community.” Putting it differently, the goal was to communicate research from the region and about the region to non-Arabic-speaking scholars, researchers, and policymakers. The first few years of the journal dedicated most of its content to translations of Arabic...

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