Reconsidering Democratic Transitions

September 19, 2013
10:15 am - 02:00 pm

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

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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.

Conference Agenda

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

Moderator: Marc F. Plattner, International Forum for Democratic Studies

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2:00 p.m. Conclude