Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts BookTalk: False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

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BookTalk: False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East

October 16, 2017 | 11:30 am to 12:30 pm | Middle East Program

About the Event

 

Half a decade after Arabs across the Middle East poured into the streets to demand change, hopes for democracy have disappeared in a maelstrom of violence and renewed state repression. Egypt remains an authoritarian state; Syria and Yemen are in the midst of devastating civil wars; Libya has descended into anarchy; and the self-declared Islamic State rules a large swath of territory. Even Turkey, which also experienced large-scale protests, has abandoned its earlier shift toward openness and democracy and now more closely resembles an autocracy. How did things go so wrong so quickly across a wide range of regimes? In his new book,  noted Middle East expert Steven A. Cook looks at the trajectory of events across the region from the initial uprising in Tunisia to the failed coup in Turkey to explain why the Middle Eastern uprisings did not succeed.

Books will be for sale following the event or are available for purchase here.


Venue

FPRI

1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
Philadelphia. PA. US. 19102


Registration

  • Free and open to the public. 
  • Lunch immediately following exclusively for FPRI Members at the $500 level and above.
  • Reservations are required. Click here to register for this event.
  • For more information, contact Rachel Hemler at rhemler@fpri.org or at 215-732-3774 ext. 112.

Speakers

Steven A. Cook

Steven A. Cook - Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy.

Tally Helfont

Tally Helfont - Tally Helfont was the Director of FPRI's Program on the Middle East (2011-2018). ; Moderator