UI Seminar: Socioeconomic Drivers of Protests in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs invites you to a webinar analysing socio-economic drivers of protests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region focusing on the contexts of Tunisia, Algeria and Lebanon.

Ten years after the Arab uprisings, that toppled dictators and briefly reshuffled the established status quo in several Arab countries, the region is still experiencing protests and popular demonstrations.

Long standing issues related to entrenched social inequalities, deep-seated corruption, recurring economic crises and the disintegration of the social contract are further weakening the already fragile state-society relationship in states across the region. With citizens’ growing mistrust in political institutions, protests is viewed by many as the main avenue to express discontent and demand structural changes.

With these dynamics in mind, this seminar focuses on a comparative analysis of socioeconomic drivers of protests in Tunisia, Lebanon, and Algeria, examining different repertoires of contention and state responses to popular demonstrations.

What socioeconomic grievances drive contemporary protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa region? How are they different from what brought people to the streets to protest during the Arab Spring? Are there any similarities between the movements in different countries in the region?

Panel:
Lina Khatib, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Youssef Cherif, Director, Columbia Global Centers, Tunis
Linda El-Naggar, Analyst, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

Moderator:
Lucia Ardovini, Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, UI

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CMES Research Seminar: Exile, Identity, and Mobilization- New Dynamics in Post-2011 Arab Diasporas

Based on new empirical research conducted with Libyan, Iraqi, and Yemeni diasporas and drawing on social movement analysis, the seminar will explore new forms and directional flows of political remittances that are taking place, and the various factors that mediate the act of remitting politically.

Speaker

Dr. Sarah Ann Rennick, Deputy Director of the independent think tank Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) based in Paris.

When: 14 September, 13.15-14.30 (CEST)
Where: Virtual
Registration: Follow this link to register for the event

Gaza and West Bank – How to Unite One People

How can authority and legitimacy be restored in the Palestinian territories and how will Palestinians find a common and realistic path forward to resolve the conflicts within their society and with Israel?

Geographically, Palestinian society is divided between the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Politically, the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza strip have been competing for authority, while living in the shadow of Israeli dominance. Nevertheless, as political elites, they are both responsible for the corruption and mismanagement that continuously exacerbates the effects of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy and society. President Mahmoud Abbas was elected in 2005 for a four-year term, but new elections have yet to be held. Just below the surface, there are young generations of Palestinians for whom the two-state project is a faded dream and the Palestinian Authority is held in low esteem.

Speakers

Anders Persson. Senior Lecturer Department of Political Science at Linnaeus University

Dr Yara Hawari: Dr Hawari is a Senior Palestine Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.

Muhammad Shehada: Manager at Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor

Marwa Fatafta: Policy Manager at Access Now and Policy Analyst and Al-Shabaka

Moderator: Dr Rouzbeh Parsi, Head of UI MENA Programme

 

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