Middle East and North Africa Events

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Historical Perspective on the Arab Spring

April 08, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
In the Middle East, a parallel pattern can be seen in the history of the first Middle Eastern constitutional revolutions in the political movements of the 1870s. What does an examination of the role of constitutionalism in the Arab revolutions of 1923-2011 reveal about prospects for constitutional governments in the Middle East?
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The Way the Wind Actually Blew: Weatherman Underground Terrorism and the Counterculture, 1969-1971

April 01, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
The most famous terrorist group in modern American history was the Weatherman Underground, later called the Weather Underground Organization. An outgrowth of Students for a Democratic Society, Weather was active in 1969 through the 1970s. Arthur Eckstein will argue that this is misleading and that the true history of Weather is much grimmer and more ambiguous.
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Arab Uprisings and Mass Politics: Constraints, Change, Uncertainty

March 29, 2013 // 10:00am11:30am
Middle East Program
Laurie Brand discusses her paper on the effect of regional transitions on Arab foreign policy using Egypt and Jordan as case studies.

Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War

March 27, 2013 // 10:30am12:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
While there has been much research on the effect of valuable natural resource extraction on a state’s domestic development (e.g., the “resource curse”), Wilson Center Fellow Jeff Colgan focuses on how natural resource extraction affects foreign policy. In 'Petro-Aggression: When Oil Causes War,' Colgan finds that “petrostates” – countries where revenue from oil exports exceeds 10 percent of GDP – are twice as likely to engage in inter-state conflict than non-petrostates.

The Democratic Transition in Tunisia

March 14, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
Radwan Masmoudi, President of Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), discusses Tunisia’s democratic transition and perspectives for building a national consensus over the new constitution.
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The Arab Awakening: Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead

March 08, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Rami Khouri and Robin Wright assess the past three years of political and economic flux in the Arab world, providing their insights on what they believe will be the challenges to political development moving forward.
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Challenges to Women’s Security in the MENA Region

March 07, 2013 // 9:00am11:00am
Middle East Program
The Middle East Program and the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative present a meeting with five women experts who will discuss the challenges to women’s security in the MENA region.
Photo by Mona Youssef

Unwilling to Wait: Why Activists are Taking the Initiative on the Peace Process

March 04, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Two youth activists from OneVoice Palestine and OneVoice Israel will speak about their motivations to take personal responsibility to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through grassroots activism. In speaking about the ongoing challenges to resolving the conflict, they will discuss civil society efforts to overcome these obstacles. Given the many transitions taking place in the region, and OneVoice’s experience in the past ten years, Almasri and Bar-Gal will speak about their vision of where future opportunities for Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution lie and about the important role of the American foreign policy community in moving the peace process forward.
Photo by Mona Youssef

The Resistible Rise of the Islamists?

February 27, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Some call it the Islamist winter while others talk of revolution betrayed. Neither claim portrays accurately what is happening in Arab countries in the throes of popular uprisings and rapid political change. The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings took most by surprise, including in some cases the Islamist parties themselves, which were more successful than they dared to hope. Coupled with the disarray of the secular opposition, the success of Islamist parties augurs poorly for democracy, because a strong, competitive opposition is the only guarantee against the emergence of a new authoritarianism.
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The Arab Revolution

February 25, 2013 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Arab academics and activists call the uprisings that started in early 2011 across the Arab world “revolutions.” Yet the “Arab Revolution” is both similar and dissimilar to the French, Russian, and other great revolutions that molded the history of the Western world, as described by Crane Brinton in his classic, The Anatomy of Revolution.

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