Crown Center for Middle East Studies

Why Failed Protests are Politically Significant: Insights from Jordan

A Crown Seminar with Jillian Schwedler in conversation with Daniel Neep

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For the past thirty years, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has seen hundreds and sometimes thousands of protests a year, yet it lacks a revolutionary movement aiming to overthrow the regime. How are we to understand protests under an authoritarian regime that seldom resorts to violent repression? What role do protests play in both challenging and reproducing state power? Why do protests emerge in particular locations and take the forms they do? In this Crown Seminar, Jillian Schwedler, in conversation with Daniel Neep, will explore the political effects of routine protests on state and society in Jordan, drawing from her new book, Protesting Jordan: Geographies of Power and Dissent (Stanford University Press, 2022).

Jillian Schwedler is a non-resident fellow at the Crown Center and a professor of political science at the City University of New York’s Hunter College and the Graduate Center.
Daniel Neep, moderator, is a non-resident fellow at the Crown Center and a Mellon Research Fellow at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He was previously the assistant director for research and a sabbatical fellow at the Crown Center.
Naghmeh Sohrabi, chair, is the director for research at the Crown Center and the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History.

Co-sponsored by the International and Global Studies program at Brandeis.