American History, Culture, and Society Lecture Series: The Arab Spring and Failed Transition to Democracy

Mon, Jan 28
  • Presented By: Salt Lake City Public Library
  • at: Salt Lake City Public Library Marmalade Branch
  • 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Presented by Shimaa Hatab, assistant professor of political science at Cairo University. This discussion will be moderated by Lara Jones of KRCL Radio. Reception to follow.LectureThe popular mobilizations cascading the Arab region in 2010/11 have showed the effective political role of social movements. Citizens' mobilizations in the aftermath of the uprising brought human rights issues to the the corner of political debates. Within a few short years, however, the popular movements were quelled and gave rise to civil wars in Syria and Yemen and a new authoritarian crackdown in Egypt. Why did the uprising fail to bring about democratic transition? and why does Tunisia stand out as a successful democratic experiment in the region? The lecture will focus on three main factors; the organisational capacity of the popular movements; the legacy of authoritarian institutions; and the role of regional forces. The factors undermined the initial strength of the popular movements and helped maintain old power structures.BioShima Hatab is a assistant professor of political science at Cairo University. her research ranges across different perspectives of critical political economy, political sociology and comparative politics. She investigates the position of different player in regime transitions and dynamics of socio-political transformations within the context of the Middle East and Middle Africa.

Event Info

  • Presented By: Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Dates: January 28, 2019
  • Location: Salt Lake City Public Library Marmalade Branch
  • Address: 280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM

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