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Contemporary Arab Affairs is the international quarterly journal of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies. It is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality and original research from and on the Arab region. Contemporary Arab Affairs seeks to publish work by specialists, policy experts, and scholars from the Arab world or those who have academic interest in the region. Drawing on the expertise of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies, a well-established publisher of research in Arabic, Contemporary Arab Affairs has the objective to publish and circulate authentic research and studies originally produced in Arabic by Arab researchers and intellectuals and make them available to a global international audience and with the aim of promoting constructive dialogue between Arabs and the West.

Any opinions and views expressed in Contemporary Arab Affairs are the opinions and views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of or are endorsed by the Centre for Arab Unity Studies and University of California Press.

About the Centre for Arab Unity Studies


Based in Beirut, Lebanon, the Centre for Arab Unity Studies is a non-governmental, non-partisan institution that carries out independent, scientific research into aspects of Arab society and Arab unity and has established itself as a leading publisher of Arabic scholarship. To learn more about the Centre, its publications, and work, please visit http://www.caus.org.lb.

The Arab region lived through major dramatic transformations since the beginning of the 20th Century, and especially after World War I, which led to the emergence of cultural and intellectual Arab nationalist movement in pursuit of a renaissance project for the Arab Region to be built on the unifying premises of a common history, common language, common identity and common interests to a large extent. The political challenges, including the struggle for independence from colonialism, led to an increased sense of urgency for Arab Unity as means for independence, renaissance and for collective overcoming of political and economic challenges.

The Centre for Arab Unity Studies (CAUS) was born out of this urgency for Arab Unity and Arab renaissance. In 1975, a group of renowned Arab intellectuals called for the establishment of a ‘Think Tank’, an Arab centre of excellence for studies and research on Arab Unity to contribute to enhancing and enriching the awareness and knowledge of Arab nation concerns; including the historical, political, social and economic challenges internally and externally. The declaration statement of the Centre for Arab Unity Studies stressed the incentives for Arab unity; particularly accelerated economic and social development and increased political power in the international arena. It emphasized that the Centre is established to carry out “independent, scientific research into all aspects of Arab society and Arab unity, free of ties to any Government and in an atmosphere far removed from partisan politics”.

CAUS was established in Beirut, Lebanon as a not for profit organization that runs its programs independent from any intellectual or financial ties with governmental and partisan groups in the Arab region or outside, thus emphasizing its autonomy. CAUS finances its activities and programs through income-generating activities, mainly stemming from publishing books and journals. Other sources of finance are unconditional and voluntary contributions from institutions and individuals as well as donors interested in partnerships and/or joint activities with CAUS.
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