Sep 19, 2013
Reconsidering Democratic Transitions
Sponsored by The International Forum for Democratic Studies
Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20004
Watch the full presentation on YouTube here
The mass uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa represent the most important opportunity for democracy since the fall of Soviet communism. Two-and-a-half years after the onset of the movements against the region’s repressive governments, the extent of the democratic reform challenge has become clearer, raising a host of vexing questions for reformers in these countries and policy makers outside them.
During the event, two panels of experts assessed the transition experiences from the post-Soviet world and North Africa, and examined fundamental questions relating to democratic transitions.
This event is part of the Reconsidering Democratic Transitions conference series sponsored by the International Forum for Democratic Studies.
10:15 a.m. Welcome
Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy
10:30 a.m. Panel I: The Arab Spring and the Color Revolutions
- Alexander Cooley, Barnard College
- Nadia Diuk, National Endowment for Democracy
- Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal
- Laith Kubba, National Endowment for Democracy
Moderator: Christopher Walker, International Forum for Democratic Studies
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12:30 p.m. Panel II: Revisiting the Transition Paradigm
- Larry Diamond, Stanford University
- Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University
- Donald Horowitz, Duke University
Moderator: Marc F. Plattner, International Forum for Democratic Studies
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2:00 p.m. Conclude