About Us

Fikra Forum is an online community that aims to generate ideas to support Arab democrats in their struggle with authoritarians and extremists. At a time of dramatic change across the region, Fikra Forum is the first near real-time, fully translated Arabic-English blog to provide a two-way platform for those in the region seeking to shape the future of their countries and U.S.-based decision makers and opinion leaders who are trying to understand and support those efforts.

As the aftershocks of the political earthquakes that began in Tunisia and Egypt are felt across the region, Fikra Forum focuses on what comes next, asking its contributors to imagine what the impact of all of this change will be on the region—and the world.

We believe that promoting dialogue in this way will grant timely, mutual direct access to an exchange of ideas between those on the ground and those in Washington as they consider together the future of their respective countries and U.S. relations with the Arab world.

Fikra Forum is grateful to the Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Family Foundation for their contribution to the launch of Fikra Forum in the memory of Steven Croft, who during his life believed passionately in the power of ideas to transform lives.

Publication Policy

Fikra Forum is an independent initiative of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The views expressed by Fikra Forum contributors are not necessarily endorsed by the institute, its staff, Board of Directors, or Board of Advisors.

In order to ensure high quality and respectful dialogue, Fikra Forum mediates all commentary to posts. If you would like to participate in a discussion, please email us at editor [at] fikraforum [dot] org, with a short paragraph about yourself and a proposal for an article or comment. Or, you can get in touch via the Contact Us page on our website. We will try to respond to your request as quickly as possible.