Established in 2005, the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to examining how genuine democracies can develop in the Middle East and how the United States can best support that process.
Through advocacy, research, and partnerships with regional civil society organizations and advocates, POMED seeks to empower and support the citizens of the Middle East and North Africa in pursuit of their legitimate aspirations for greater democratic rights.
The research program produces original analysis of key issues and trends in democratic change, political reform, and human rights in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa and of U.S. policy as it pertains to democratic development in the region. POMED’s research publications, which include policy briefs and in-depth reports, are produced by our nonresident fellows, our resident staff, and other experts based in the region, the United States, and Europe.
The advocacy program directly engages a broad network of U.S. policymakers, while working closely with the coalition of activists and advocates who share a commitment to democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.
Civil Society Partnership
The civil society partnerships program aims to build the capacity of emerging regional policy centers through technical assistance trainings and regular guidance and mentorship. We work with nascent civil society organizations across the MENA region to strengthen advocacy and policy writing skills and promote improved institutional practices to help ensure organizational viability and impact.