Manifestos & Memoirs

This section will host party manifestos, memoirs, and private papers of political figures and their parties in the Middle East, by country and date. Our interactive content for manifestos will include: party polarization, party-system factionalism, cabinet composition (by party), party platform analyses, and foreign policy alignment (by party). Our interactive content for memoirs & private papers will include: elite polarization, cabinet composition (by individual), and foreign policy alignment (by individual).

The interactive feature of this page will include a breakdown of party membership, reach, strength, institutionalization, offices, volunteers, and the like. Users will be able to click "Syria" on a map, locate their "party" of interest, set a timeframe, and then view the extent to which that party operated, shrunk, & expanded to and from Damascus, Raqqa, Daraa, and either in the 1940s or the 1990s. Despite significant overlap, this data would provide more individual and party data on leaders, apparatchiks, & rank-and-file members than the pages on cabinets (incl. only figures in the cabinet) and parliaments (incl. only elected representatives). One would find here, for instance, information about politicians who ran for election but failed to win a seat.

Manifestos, Memoirs, & Private Papers

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To cite data hosted on our "manifestos & memoirs" page, please use the following rough guidelines, which can be adapted to different citation rules (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA):


  • Include author's first and last name.

  • Include the title of the dataset.

  • Use the Middle East Political Elites: Manifestos & Memoirs. 

  • Include the date on which the data was posted as well as the date of first access.

  • If possible, please include a link to the website ( 

If you wish to submit data to our website, please use the form below. All submissions will be reviewed thoroughly before being posted, and authors will be notified before data is posted. 


When submitting manifesto, memoirs, and private papers, please submit a bibliography detailing each available item to the "submission" form below. We will then contact the author to work out a file-sharing arrangement that will allow us to create a page on MEPE's site to host submitted bibliographies with PDF links to each manifesto, pamphlet, flier, speech, memoir, private notes, et cetera. MEPE will work with authors to ensure compliance with copyright. 

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