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Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Did the Arab 'Spring" Wither Away?

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Rabab El-Mahdi
Rabab El-Mahdi

Date: 22 October 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 22 October 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

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Many hopes and expectations of what has been labelled the Arab 'spring' in 2011 has turned into scepticism and uncertainty two years later. From Egypt to Syria the situation does not seem to be as promising for the 'freedom', 'dignity' and 'justice' that millions of Arab protesters have called for. What happened over the two years? And where is it leading to? Are we about to see the fruition of the Arab Uprisings or have they withered away for good?

Rabab El-Mahdi joined and co-founded a number of opposition groups in Egypt. She is Associate Professor of Political Science at the American University in Cairo. She is also the author of a number of academic publications on labour movements, gender, protests and social mobilization in the Middle East. El-Mahdi is a frequent commentator on AJE, BBC, CNN, ABC and writes op-eds for both Egyptian and international newspapers.

Contact email: rg35@soas.ac.uk