Brown Bag Seminar


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The Arab Uprisings at the Intersection of 
the Transnational and National



December 12, 2012
12:15-1:45pm, Levine-Ross Room in Hassenfeld Conference Center
(Note new location

James L. Gelvin, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of California, Los Angeles


This presentation provides a means to understand the current wave of uprisings in the Arab world.  Over the course of the past decade, all states in the Arab world have been hit by a number of shocks that made them vulnerable to popular anger.  These shocks include a fraying of the post-World War II social compact tying populations to their governments, a demographic and food crisis, and the failure of political liberalization that increased the brittleness of regimes.  While the factors that made states vulnerable to popular anger were widely shared, however, the paths open to various uprisings were determined by individual state histories, state capabilities, and institutional development.  The uprisings might thus be clustered into 4 groups: Tunisia and Egypt; Yemen and Libya; Algeria, Syria, and Bahrain; and the remaining five monarchies that experienced protests.

Please bring your lunch. Refreshments will be provided.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Mediterranean Studies Group and the Department of Anthropology.