Panel 1: From Autocracy to Democracy in the Arab region, 1:45 - 3:40pm

Samir Makdisi: Autocratic Environment and the Initial Democratic Breakthroughs
Rami G. Khouri: Lessons from the Uprisings and Prospects for Democratic Transition


Panel 2: Arab Transformative Movements, 4:00-5:30pm

Roger Owen: The constitutional moment in Tunisia and Egypt
August Richard Norton: Islamists in politics: The inclusion thesis redux
Ishac Diwan: The middle class and the rich in the Arab revolutions

 

More on the participants:

Ishac Diwan: Director for Africa and the Middle East, Growth Lab, and Lecturer in Public Policy, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School.

Rami G. Khouri: Director, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut; non-resident Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Dubai School of Government; editor at large, Beirut Daily Star; internationally syndicated political columnist; author.

Samir Makdisi: Professor Emeritus of Economics; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations; and Founding Director of the Institute of Financial Economics, all at the American University of Beirut; former Minister of Economy and Trade, Republic of Lebanon, 1992; Deputy President of AUB, 1992-1998; chair of the Board of Trustees, Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, 1993-2001(ERF, headquarters in Cairo).

August Richard Norton: Professor of International Relations and Anthropology, Department of International Relations, Boston University.

Roger Owen: A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History in the Department of History and Director of the Contemporary Arab Studies Program at CMES.


This event is open to the public; no registration required.

Co-Sponsored with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Working Group on Arab Transformative Movements and The American University of Beirut

Contact: elizabethflanagan@fas.harvard.edu

 

On April 17, Rami G. Khouri and Samir Makdisi will give a public talk in Harvard Yard: The Arab Uprisings: Underlying Factors, Democratic Transitions and Future Prospects; for more information, click here.