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The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists

The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists

Date(s) - 03/02/2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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London Middle East Institute

Stephen J. King (Georgetown University)

Date: 2 March 2021Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 2 March 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



In 2011, the world watched as dictators across the Arab world were toppled from power. In Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iraq, ordinary Arab citizens mobilized across the region during the Arab Spring to reinvent the autocratic Arab world into one characterized by democracy, dignity, socioeconomic justice, and inviolable human rights. This unique comparative analysis of countries before, during, and after the Arab Spring seeks to explain the divergent outcomes, disappointing and even harrowing results of efforts to overcome democratic consolidation challenges, from the tentative democracy in Tunisia to the emergence of the Islamic State, and civil war and authoritarian retrenchment everywhere else. Tracing the period of the Arab Spring from its background in long-term challenges to autocratic regimes, to the mass uprisings, authoritarian breakdown, and the future projections and requirements for a democratizing conclusion, Stephen J. King establishes a broad but focused history that refines the leading theory of democratization in comparative politics and realigns the narrative of Arab Spring history by bringing its differing results to the fore.

Stephen J. King is an Associate Professor of Government at Georgetown University and the author of Liberalization Against Democracy: The Local Politics of Economic Reform in Tunisia (2003), The New Authoritarianism in the Middle East and North Africa (2009), and co-editor of The Lure of Authoritarianism: The Maghreb After the Arab Spring (2019). He has published multiple articles and book chapters on the politics of economic reform and regime transition processes in the Arab world.

His most recent publication is The Arab Winter: Democratic Consolidation, Civil War, and Radical Islamists (2020).


This webinar will take place online via Zoom. Click here to register

* The webinar will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page for those that are unable to participate via Zoom.

Chair: Dina Matar (SOAS) and Narguess Farzad (SOAS)

Organiser: SOAS Middle East Institute

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