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Special Lecture: The State and Its Competitors in the Arab World

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Honors College Auditorium (Gearheart Hall Room 26)

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Lisa Anderson, Special Lecturer and James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations Emerita at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, will give a lecture entitled "The State and Its Competitors in the Arab World" on Monday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Honors College Auditorium (GEAR 26) on the University of Arkansas Fayetteville campus.

The European-style state introduced in the Arab world after World War I did not reflect local interests or aspirations but introduced several long-lasting, and deeply dysfunctional, dynamics into modern political life. The new states came with expectations for government that would prove impossible to meet while imposing a system of rule that, far from creating citizens, often reinforced non-state identities and created deep communal resentment and anger.

The results of this history can be seen today in the weakness of the contemporary states and the strength of alternative political identities and movements across the region, from the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to Libya’s tribal militias, Iraq’s Kurdistan and Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

The lecture is presented by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies and the Department of Political Science, and is free and open to the public. Join the event on Facebook.

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