Nancy Okail: Progress and Prospects for Democratization in North Africa

World in Focus: Einaudi Center Democracy Roundtable

Nancy Okail of the Washington-based Center for International Policy joins Einaudi Center director Rachel Beatty Riedl for this important conversation on democracy, security, and human rights in the North Africa region. Hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the event is part of Einaudi’s work on democratic threats and resilience.



Nancy Okail is president and CEO of the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. She is a leading scholar, policy analyst, and advocate with more than 20 years of experience working on issues of human rights, democracy, and security in the Middle East and North Africa region. Okail holds a PhD from the University of Sussex. Her policy analysis and political commentary appear in top media outlets including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Foreign Affairs.

Rachel Beatty Riedl has served as the Einaudi Center’s director since 2019. She is the Einaudi Center’s John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and professor in the Department of Government and Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy. Her research interests include institutional development in new democracies, local governance and decentralization, and authoritarian regime legacies in Africa.


About Democratic Threats and Resilience

Democratic threats and resilience is one of the Einaudi Center’s global research priorities. Researchers across the Einaudi Center are monitoring evolving democratic norms and threats to democracy in the United States and around the world. This work is vital today, as our ability to address a range of global challenges—from pandemics and climate change to human rights—often hinges on the strength of representative institutions that provide voice and access to diverse societal interests and actors.

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