Sun & Star | Six years after the Arab Spring: Trajectories, Outcomes and the Regional Order

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (4:00 PM – 5:30 PM)
The Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn, 1st Floor, Carr Collins Hall (map)

Six years have passed since the Arab Spring began in late 2010. In the major sites of popular uprisings, political conditions remain unsettled or violent. Despite similarities in their original opposition to authoritarian rule, the uprisings led to dissimilar outcomes in different countries.

Join us March 8 for coffee and conversation with Dr. Housam Darwisheh and a discussion of the various outcomes of the uprisings and how the international order and Western hegemony in the Middle East shaped the trajectories of the Arab Spring.

Housam Darwisheh, MA and PhD (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), is Research Fellow at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO), Japan. He specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East. His current areas of research interest include social movements and Islamic politics in Egypt and Tunisia, state formation and implosion in Syria and Libya, and the impacts of the restructuring of regional order on the politics of different Middle Eastern countries.

His latest publications include ‘Five Years Since the Arab Spring — European Foreign Policy in the MENA Region,’ (in Japanese, Kanagawa University Review, 2016), ‘Survival, Triumph, and Fall: the Political Transformation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’ (in Between Dissent and Power: The Transformation of Islamic Politics in the Middle East and Asia, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014’, ‘Trajectories and Outcomes of the ‘Arab Spring’: Comparing Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria’, (IDE Papers No. 456, 2014), ‘Deciphering Syria’s Power Dynamics and Protracted Conflict’ (in The Middle East Turmoil and Japanese Response, IDE-JETRO, 2013), and ‘Social Movement and Democratization of Egyptian Politics: Egypt’s January 25 Revolution and the Demise of Mubarak’s Regime’, (in Japanese, in The Middle East Political Science,  2012).

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


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