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SIS-Munk School-Wilson Center Conference

Bridging the Gap Project

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

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June 4th Arab Spring Panels-School of International Service   more info Ended Free  
June 5th-Arab Spring Comp Perspective-Wilson Center   more info Ended Free  

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On June 4th and 5th,  American University’s School of International Service, the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, will see the launch of an innovative multinational research project:


The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective: Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades


The aim of this project is to consider the relevance of other dramatic transitions to an understanding of current developments in the Middle East and North Africa.


A series of panels will explore specific facets of volatile transitional experiences: constitutional developments (including democratic reforms); justice and human rights issues; the evolving experiences of women and youth; and external pressures and interventions. Please view the agenda below.


In each case, participants will present brief papers to suggest key patterns and dynamics that would warrant further consideration in an ongoing research and publication project emphasizing a comparative analysis approach.  A concluding Round Table discussion will see commentators with expertise on the Middle East and North Africa reflecting on the possible relevance of multiple “transitional” experiences to understanding the dynamics and prospects of the “Arab Spring.” 


This initial June 4-5 workshop will focus on experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey, and Eastern Europe.  (A follow-on workshop will take place in Toronto, which will consider South Africa, China, and India.)


 

 

The Arab Spring in Comparative Perspective:

Dramatic Transitions in Recent Decades

June 4-5, 2013 

 

Tuesday, June 4


 

Venue: The Abramson Family Founders Room at the School of International Service at

American University, 3400 Nebraska Avenue NW. Washington, DC 20016

 

 

1:00 – 3:00 PM Welcoming Remarks

 Jim Goldgeier, American University and Ron Pruessen, University of Toronto

 

 

Panel I: Constitutional/Democracy Issues and Developments

Moderator: Jim Goldgeier, American University 

Brazil: Matt Taylor, American University, Washington, DC

Mexico: Reynaldo Ortega, El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City

Turkey: Sebnem Gumuscu, Sabanci University, Istanbul

Eastern Europe: Valerie Bunce, Cornell University, NY

Comments: Diane Singerman, American University, Washington, DC

 

 

3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break

 

 

3:30 – 5:30 PM Panel II: Justice, Human Rights, and Rule of Law Issues

Moderator: Ron Pruessen, University of Toronto

Brazil: Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Dean, Vargas Foundation Law School, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Eastern Europe: David Bosco, American University, Washington, DC

Mexico: Marieclaire Acosta, Freedom House, Washington, DC

Turkey: Y. Aktay, Strategic Studies Institute, Ankara, Turkey

Comments: Shadi Mokhtari, American University, Washington, DC

 

 

5:30 – 6:30 PM Reception

Wednesday, June 5


 

Venue: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (5th floor conference room),

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 2004

 

 

10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Welcoming Remarks

Christian Ostermann, Wilson Center

 

 

Panel III: External Pressures and Interventions

Moderator: Michael Geary, Wilson Center

Europe: Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, Department of State / Piotr Kosicki, University of Maryland and Woodrow Wilson Center

Mexico: Victor Alarcon, Autonomous University, Mexico City

Turkey: Stephen Larabee, RAND

Historical Cases: Brandon King/Ron Pruessen, University of Toronto, Canada

 

 

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch

 

 

1:00 – 3:00 PM Panel IV: The Role of Women and Youth

 

 

Moderator: Haleh Esfandiari, Woodrow Wilson Center

Brazil: Maria Luiza Heilborn, Instituto de Medicina Social da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eastern Europe: Sharon Wolchik, The George Washington, University, Washington, DC

Turkey: Susan Pearce, East Carolina University, Title VIII-supported scholar, Wilson Center

Mexico: Marta Lamas, Mexico

 

Commentator: Loubna Hanna, American University, Washington, DC

 

 

3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break


 

3:30 – 5:30 PM Roundtable Discussion

Janice Stein, University of Toronto

Abraham Lowenthal, Brookings

Loubna Hanna, American University, Washington, DC

Shadi Mokhtari, American University, Washington, DC

 

Have questions about SIS-Munk School-Wilson Center Conference? Contact Bridging the Gap Project

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:30 PM (EDT)


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