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Gilbert Achcar, "From One Arab Spring to Another: A Regional Revolutionary Process"

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:45pm

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Starting from Tunisia in December 2010, a revolutionary shockwave engulfed the Arabic-speaking countries of Africa and the Middle East. The label Arab Spring initially reflected the belief that this was going to be a relatively smooth democratic transition. However, the upsurge eventually gave way to a counter-revolutionary backlash, and the euphoria turned into gloom. However, the 2011 regional upheaval stemmed in fact from a deep structural crisis and was therefore but the initial phase of a long-term revolutionary process with many other phases to follow. The new regional upsurge that started in Sudan in December 2018 and spread to Algeria, Iraq, and Lebanon in 2019 was indeed promptly called Second Arab Spring by the global media. It has been stalled by the Covid-19 pandemic but there are signs of a revival in Sudan, Lebanon and Iraq. This lecture will assess the roots and dynamics of this regional process, the differences between its initial upsurge and the ongoing one, and the main impediments that it faces. A panel discussion with Cornell faculty, including Samia Henni, Ziad Fahmy, Salah Hassan, Fouad Makki will follow the lecture.  Please note that this this is the new date and new online venue for this event, orginally scheduled for April 20, 2020.  Registration required.

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