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Survey Research in the Middle East


In addition to his book, Why Alliances Fail, Dr. Buehler has  several additional article projects drawing on original public opinion polls and population-based survey experiments conducted in the Middle East.  These survey projects build upon methodological training he received as a participant in New York University’s 2014 Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 


Supported by the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security, the first project uses a nationally representative survey of around 1800 Moroccans, examining their views about a variety of issues related to nuclear energy, risks of nuclear proliferation, nuclear guarantees (i.e. nuclear umbrellas), and other regional security issues in the international relations of the Middle East.  The second project sponsored and financed by a Moroccan legal reform organization, Droit et Justice, is a 1200 person survey that examines public attitudes toward bribery and informal influence in Morocco’s judiciary.  The third project—supported by Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative and the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy—uses two different surveys (of 1500 and 2700 respondents, respectively) to analyze Moroccans’ views about sub-Saharan migrants and refugees within their country.  One article from this project, entitled “Community-Level Postmaterialism and Anti-Migrant Attitudes: An Original Survey on Opposition to sub-Saharan African Migrants in the Middle East,” recently appeared in International Studies Quarterly.  

If you are interested in undertaking a public opinion poll in Morocco, please contact Dr. Buehler at . He can introduce you to Morocco’s most professional and reliable polling organization, which has previously served as the local partner for the Arab Barometer, Afro-Barometer, and World Values Survey projects in Morocco.  This polling organization has extensive experience administering surveys for both U.S. and European embassies and universities and the Moroccan government. 



Teams of Moroccan doctoral students undertake surveys for Dr. Buehler's nuclear attitudes project in collaboration with Dr. Mhammed Abderebbi.

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