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‘From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World’

This conference focused on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia

Annual Conference of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)
Stanford University May 12-13, 2011 Bechtel Conference Center, Stanford University

Thursday May 12, 2011

8:30-9:00 Welcome

9:00-9:45 Opening Speech Activism in the Middle East: A Framework Ellen Lust, Yale University

9:45-10:15 Break

10:15-12:15 Tunisia and Egypt Chair: Ellen Lust, Yale University Toward a Second Republic in Tunisia Christopher Alexander, Davidson

College Political Activism of Everyday Life: Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution Nabiha Jerad

Tunisia Factors Leading to the Egyptian Revolution; Where are We Now?Ahmed Salah, Egypt

Discussant: Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace




The Gulf Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University The 2011 Uprising in Bahrain and its Consequences on the Participative Institutions Laurence Louër, Sciences Po

Activism in Bahrain and the Struggle for Reform? Maryam Al Khawaja, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: The Impossible Revolution? Stéphane Lacroix, Sciences Po

Challenges to Realistic Political Reforms in Yemen Munir Mawari, Yemen




Syria and Lebanon Chair: Lina Khatib, Stanford University

Activism and the Orphan Reform in Lebanon, Ziad Majed, American University of Paris

Syria from Political Activism to Popular Uprising: A Roadmap to Democracy Radwan Ziadeh, George Washington University

Discussant: Daniel Brumberg, Georgetown University

Friday May 13, 2011


Palestine Chair: Khalil Barhoum, Stanford University

Pretending Palestine is Normal Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Palestine: The Non-violent Popular Struggle for Freedom and the Future of Democracy Mustafa Barghouti, MP, Palestine

10:30-11:00 Break


Jordan and Morocco Chair: Hicham Ben Abdallah, Stanford University

A Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan: The Resilience of the Rentier System Marwan Muasher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Assessing Current Public Perceptions of Political Activism Development in Jordan Amer Bani Amer, Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development

Morocco: Activist Revival vs. Autocratic Resilience Ahmed Benchemsi, Stanford University

Discussant: Sean Yom, Temple University


Lunch 2:00-4:00

Concluding Roundtable Discussion and Reflections Chair: Larry Diamond, Stanford University