“The People want the fall of the Regime”: The Arab Uprisings and the Future of Arab Politics (Day one)

Washington, DC

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Agenda for Thursday, March 22, 2012

Conference Venue
Lohrfink Auditorium, Rafik B. Hariri Building
Georgetown University

Registration, coffee, and light breakfast

Welcoming Remarks: Osama Abi-Mershed, Georgetown University
Opening Remarks: Samer S. Shehata, Georgetown University

Panel 1: Authoritarian Politics in the Arab World: Explaining Regime Durability, Breakdown, and Protest

Lisa Wedeen (University of Chicago)
“Syria's Uprising and Generational Change: Class, Ideology, and the Importance of Social Theory”

Eva Bellin (Brandeis University)
“Reconsidering the Robustness of Arab Authoritarianism in the Middle East: Lessons from the Arab Spring”

Joseph Sassoon (Georgetown/Oxford University)
“Durability of Authoritarian Regimes: the Role of Security Services and Informants”

Discussant: Steven Heydeman (USIP)


Panel 2: Revolutions, Rebellion, Uprisings or Authoritarian Survival? Understanding Political Change in the Arab World

Mohammed Bamyeh (University of Pittsburgh)
"From Old Nationalism to New Patriotism: A Preliminary
Sketch of the Ideology of the Arab Revolutions"

Asli Bali (UCLA)
“Uprisings and Intervention in the Arab World after 2011”


Panel 3: Economics, Youth and Technology in the “Arab Spring”

Joel Beinin (Stanford University)
"What have workers gained from Egypt’s January 25 ‘Revolution’?”

Adel Iskandar (Georgetown University)
“Are we all Khaled Said? Social Media, Dissidence, and Participatory Governance in Egypt”

Marwan M. Kraidy (Univ. of Pennsylvania/American Univ. in Beirut)
“Plato’s Digital Cave: The Hypermediation of the Arab Uprisings”


Panel 4: Civil-Military Relations in the Arab Uprisings

Noureddine Jebnoun (Georgetown University)
“In the Shadow of Power: Civil-Military Relations and the Tunisian Popular Revolution”

Robert Springborg (Naval Postgraduate School)
“Civil-Military Relations in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings: Arab Exceptionalism Redux”

Discussant: Holger Albrecht (American University in Cairo/Georgetown University)


Marina Krikorian

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