After the Uprisings: The Arab World in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?"

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016

Academics, policymakers, activists and intellectuals from the Middle East, Europe and the United States gathered on March 3-5, 2016 at Princeton University to discuss new realities and challenges confronting the Arab world five years after uprisings that began a period of unrest and uncertainty in the region. All the events were free and open to the public.

 

At 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, five leading researchers discussed “The Political Economy of Growth and Aid in the Arab World” during a panel discussion and Q&A in Friend Center 101.

 

The conference "After the Uprisings: The Arab World in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?" held Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, 2006 in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Thirty-five speakers appeared on nine panels focusing on three related dimensions of the situation across the Middle East, especially in Arab countries:
 

  •        How have socio‐economic and political conditions changed since the uprisings started five years ago, and how has such change been perceived by ordinary citizens?
  •        Has the demand for social justice been expressed in the activities and policies of governments, political groups and civil society as a whole, and have any moves towards democratization promoted this demand?
  •        How are regional and international political relations evolving, and is any change a consequence of continuing injustices perceived by groups of citizens on the ground?

 

Keynote speakers were:

 

Dr. Tarek Mitri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He has led several ministries in the Lebanese government and served as special representative of the UN Secretary General and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya from 2012 to 2014.

 

Dr. Fawwaz Traboulsi, political activist and commentator, columnist, author, and currently visiting professor of history and politics at the American University of Beirut. He has written on Arab history, politics, social movements and popular culture.

 

The panel discussion on “The Political Economy of Growth and Aid in the Arab World” was co-sponsored by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the Project on Middle East Political Science, the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Workshop on Arab Political Development, and the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.

 

The conference was co-sponsored by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, the American University in Beirut Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Workshop on Arab Political Development in collaboration with The Project on Middle East Political Science and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.