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Curr Iss: Middle East Update

Middle East Update: The State of the Arab Upheavals, Year Three

Where does the struggle for democracy in the Middle East stand today? Three years ago the region was rocked by a set of pro-democracy uprisings known as the Arab Spring. These events began in Tunisia and swept across the Arab world, galvanizing global public opinion and shaking the foundations of Middle Eastern authoritarianism. But where does this process find itself today? What are the obstacles to democracy in the Middle East? Where do the prospects for democracy seem the greatest and the weakest, and what are the lessons to be learned from the Arab Spring? Join Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and Danny Postel, associate director of the Center for Middle East Studies, for an examination of the ongoing struggle for democracy in the Middle East. Countries to be examined include Egypt, Syria, Tunisia and Bahrain, and themes to be explored include the relationship between Islam and democracy, the role of U.S. foreign policy and the internal roots of political authoritarianism. Documentary films and extensive audience participation will shape the structure of this course.

Five sessions
Tue., 7–9 pm, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 2014
CRN 1091 / $195

Nader Hashemi, associate professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics; author of Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies. Danny Postel, author of Reading “Legitimation Crisis” in Tehran; writes regularly for The Huffington Post. Hashemi and Postel are co-editors of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future and The Syria Dilemma.

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