The Arab Spring, Four Years Later: Hope or Despair?
Lecture by Dr. Sean Yom, Temple University
Monday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., Kohlberg Scheuer Room
Four years on, the Arab Spring had generated wildly contrasting outcomes. From democratization in Tunisia to authoritarian revival in Egypt to civil war in Syria, the regional wave of popular protest has certainly washed away the foundations of the old order.
Can democratization spread to other countries without incurring the risk of war? This lecture aims to answer this question, giving a bird’s eye view of different processes and events from a political scientist’s perspective.
Sean Yom is Assistant Professor of Political Science (comparative politics). His research broadly focuses on authoritarianism and development, and he is now finishing his first book on state-building and political order in the post-colonial Middle East.
Sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program.