Tarek Megerisi

Tarek Megerisi is a political analyst and researcher who specializes in affairs of politics, governance, and development in the Arab world. Based between the United Kingdom and Libya, he has built a distinguished reputation through his work amongst various organizations by providing diverse research and democratization assistance to Libya's post-revolutionary authorities. Megerisi obtained a Master's degree in Near & Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), studying the region and its recent history under a range of disciplines. Afterwards, he briefly worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles exploring the nature of Arab modernity as well as providing analysis on the developing political scene in Libya. In November 2012, Megerisi joined Libya's first independent think-tank, the Sadeq Institute, as a Research Fellow for political affairs. His work at the organization focused on providing written policy recommendations on a range of topics from improving communication to refining governance practices, and providing analysis on key events in the country’s political development, whilst speaking on his research at various events. During his time at the Sadeq Institute, he also worked as a consultant with various international organizations, including IREX, the UNDP, and Democracy Reporting International. During these consultancies, Megerisi colluded with a range of international experts in assisting Libya’s democratization efforts through: analyzing and advising the General National Congress (GNC) on their internal rules of procedure with a European parliamentarian; analyzing key pieces of legislation for stakeholders with legal experts from various fields; designed a working-model for Libya's Constitutional Assembly; co-authored a training curriculum to train Libyan journalists for conflict-sensitive reporting; and co-authored a briefing paper exploring Libya’s different options for decentralization intended to objectively inform and enhance the Constitutional Assembly’s upcoming debate on this highly sensitive topic. Megerisi is also an emerging commentator on Libyan politics, whose unique analysis on developments is gathering a growing following. In early 2014, he left the Sadeq Instiute to work as a freelance analyst providing policy briefs for a more diverse range of publications and as a freelance consultant on his areas of expertise. He continues to work with Libya’s transition, whilst utilising his new freelance role to branch out and encompass the wider Arab world.

Correcting the Course of Libya's Revolution (Part 1/2)

Feb 06, 2014

Libya's elected parliament became a base where different factions manipulated other arms of the state. Libya is sliding deeper into instability. The joyous and hopeful atmosphere which encircled the 2012 elections for a transitional parliament – the General National Congress (GNC) – and their initial months in office has dissipated...

Libya: The Time is Now

Jul 06, 2012

The Libyan people are eagerly awaiting their first election since the revolution and overthrow of their former dictator.

Libyan Rebels With a Cause

Jul 06, 2012

A look at the political issues surrounding Libya’s first post-Qaddafi election and the varying agendas of each of the main parties. Lenin once noted that “Sometimes decades pass and nothing happens, and then sometimes weeks pass and decades happen”; an observation that appears tailored to Libya's recent history, with events...