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Citizenship and Its Discontents in the Middle East

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King Juan Carlos Center Auditorium

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The very concepts of rights, inclusion, and pluralism have been under sustained attack in the Middle East for generations. This regional crisis is part of a global phenomenon of eroding rights in contexts as varied as the Arabian Peninsula to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Experiments are underway to address this widening rights gap. Reformers are trying to fix broken compacts between citizens and their governments, and at the same time working to rewrite a core narrative of who belongs and on what basis — finding ways to define citizenship more inclusively without erasing religious identity and community.

Join us on Monday, May 13th to hear from a panel of experts discuss how to extend or revive universal rights in the Middle East. Speakers will draw upon studies of young Kurds trying to renew the outdated nationalist narratives of their aging rulers, historical attempts to unite Islamists and secularists, and Lebanese initiatives to supplant sectarian warlords. Stick around for a wine and cheese reception following the event to continue the conversation.


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Moderator: Thanassis Cambanis @tcambanis
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Melani Cammett
Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Department of Government, Harvard University.

Michael Wahid Hanna @mwhanna1
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Reiss Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law

Cale Salih @callysally
Research Officer, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University

Elizabeth Thompson
Professor of History, School of International Service, American University


ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Citizenship and Its Discontents: Pluralism and Inclusion in the Middle East” is a two-year initiative at The Century Foundation that aims to contribute original ideas to policy and public debate. This work is generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.


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