Arab Spring’s ‘Pathways of Repression and Reform’

What societal, political, and economic factors distinguished the different trajectories of the 2011 popular uprisings against Arab regimes? Why did leaders fall where they did and not elsewhere? Why did mass opposition not coalesce in most societies to broad agreements on forms of participation and governance?

arab spring democracy2The Middle East Institute and the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are pleased to host Tarek Masoud of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government for a discussion of his book The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform (co-authored with Jason Brownlee and Andrew Reynolds).

Drawing on extensive research across the region, Dr. Masoud will review the book’s findings about the systems of rule that withstood or broke before popular uprisings and, in countries where leaders were toppled, the factors that most shaped the ensuing developments toward pluralism, renewed authoritarianism, or deeper divisions in society and politics. I. William Zartman, Professor Emeritus at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, will moderate the discussion.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Friday, October 9, 2015


A light lunch will be served at 11:30am

Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20036


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