Five Years after the Arab Revolutions: "The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects"

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About

An Arab and International Conference at the American University of Beirut
Organized by AUB's Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) and the
Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS)


Date: January 21, 22 and 23, 2016




In association with the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs is pleased to announce “Five Years after the Arab Revolutions: The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects”, an academic conference to be held in Beirut from January 21-23, 2016.

The conference’s will include several presentations that fall under the following focus area: 

  • The State: Its Structure and the Way it Impacts the Difficult Transition
  • Democracy, Spontaneous Revolutions and Organized Forces
  • Recent Dynamics in Society
  • Regional and International Polarizations and their Impact on Revolutions


Call for Papers

In association with the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) is pleased to announce "Five Years after the Arab Revolutions: The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects", an academic conference to be held in Beirut from January 21-23, 2016. The conference's organizing committee welcomes submissions which respond to the below mentioned focus areas, and which presents original research that drives forward the understanding of the Arab revolutions.

Submitted papers should fall under one of the following focus areas:

1. The State: Its Structure and the Way it Impacts the Difficult Transition
This topic covers the following issues: the emergence of hereditary republics; identification between power and the state; the effect of the state on revolutions; the effect of the revolutions on the state; the modern Arab state between institutional fragility and the strength of security agencies; excessive state violence in the face of revolutions and protest movements; the roles of military and security institutions; the redefinition of these roles in the new structure of the political system, especially in the first year of the outbreak of revolution; and finally, what are the role of the state and the nature of its relationship with power according to the various revolutionary patterns?

2. Democracy, Spontaneous Revolutions and Organized Forces
Is there an Arab democratic alternative supported by a genuine social base? Is there a real social demand for democracy? What is the role of transitional justice and the legal and judicial institutions in making, impeding, or even reversing democratic change? Do the roles, of institutions as manifested in the concrete situation, provide legitimacy to main political actors? Are they essential in consolidating the process of democratic transition? What is the role of the media, particularly satellite TV channels, in the aforementioned context?

3. Recent Dynamics in Society
What is the relationship between traditional society and civil society during the past five years? How did inherited civil structures reemerge, and is this reemergence functional or structural? To what extent is this determined by power-sharing? What is the impact of the advocacy of federalism and regional self-rule? Is political violence structural in traditional societies with strong sub-national identities? What are the consequences of the Islamic/secular polarization on the intricate process of democratization, on aggravating of the dynamics of social fragmentation, and on impairing social harmony during the stages of transition? Who are the Islamic and secular actors in the polarization? Furthermore, what are the effects of social media on the current situation and what are its limits? Is the role of the media exaggerated in such a way that it appears more influential than the socio-political factors in the outbreak of the uprisings and revolutions? Or else, is their role merely a technical and complementary one, serving exchange and political mobilization?

4. Regional and International Polarizations and their Impact on Revolutions
What is the relationship between internal dynamics and foreign influence in a turbulent geo-political context that is caught between a web of international interests, the political and military "game of nations", and international humanitarian law? In addition, what are the consequences of the erosion of the traditional concept of sovereignty, i.e. the Westphalian sovereignty, especially in a phase where states exercise excessive use of power and violence that falls beyond the standards and the limits of national laws? Moreover, what is the role of direct intervention of foreign state agencies in the revolutionary scene? Does the direct or semi-direct involvement of regional and international parties in the socio-political revolutionary context enhance the possibility of structural changes in the regional order?


Interested scholars are expected to abide by the following requirements when submitting their papers:

a) A concise summary of the proposed research paper, approximately between 500 to 700 words in length, which covers the main outline and contains: the paper's main thesis or arguments, and specification of the research problem. 

The above should be submitted no later than June 30, 2015, 
to both: 


b) Summaries can be submitted in both Arabic and English.

c) Summaries will be judged by a panel of academic referees who will notify the relevant author of their decision in writing by October 30th, 2015.

d) Roundtrip ticket (economy class) to and from Beirut, four nights of acc​ommodation and meals will be covered for presenters.

e) Final papers need to be submitted by end of November, 2015.

Contact information:

Ms. Nermine El Horr 
IFI 
+961-(0)1-350000 
extension 3323 
ne70@aub.edu.lb

Mr. Nerouz Satik
ACRPS 

For more information about IFI please click here | For more information about ACRPS please click here.​


Program



Day One: Thursday January 21, 2016
​9:00 - 10:00
​Opening Remarks
​Bathish Auditorium
​Tarek Mitri: Policy Institute at the American University of Beirut 
Mohammad Almasri: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
​10:00 - 11:00
​Arab Opinion Index
​Bathish Auditorium
​Mohammad Almasri: The Arab Revolutions and their Development:
The Public View
11:30 - 13:30​​Session One
Aud A​
​The Arab Revolutions Five Years on:
A Re-Reading and a Critical Examination 1

Chair: Wajih Kawtharani 
Participants: Mouldi Lahmar, Hamzeh Almoustafa, Mustapha Al-Teer, 
and Dina El-Sharnouby
​Aud B​
​Protest Movements as Part of the Arab Revolutions 

Chair: Marlene Nasr
Participants: Haider Saeed, Abdel Nasser Jabi, Abdulhadi Al Ajmi, and Carmen Geha
​15:00 - 17:00
​Session Two
​Aud A
The Arab Revolutions Five Years on: a Re-Reading and a Critical Examination 2

Chair: Maha Yahya 
Participants: Farid Khaled, Hafiz Harrous, Wendy Pearlman, and Linda Matar
​Aud B
​Media and Communications and the Arab Revolutions 

Chair: Walid Noueihed
Participants: Omar Bizri, Billie Jeanne Brownlee, and Sally Hamarneh
​17:30 - 18:30
​Keynote Lecture
​Bathish Auditorium
​Orphaned Democracy 
Ghassan Salamé
​18:30 - 19:30
​Keynote Lecture
​Bathish Auditorium
​From Toppling Tyranny to Protecting the Democratic Transition: The Case of Tunisia 
Abdelfattah Mourou​



Day Two: Friday January 22, 2016​

​9:00 - 10:30
​Session One
​Aud A
​Arab Political Movements and the Revolutions: Roles and Transformations 1

Chair: Jihad El Zein 
Participants: Salameh Kaileh, Nagwan El-Ashwal, and Khalil al-Anani​

​Aud B
​Arab Political Movements and the Revolutions: Roles and Transformations 2

Chair: Rayan El-Amine 
Participants: Zoltan Pall, Mohamed-Ali Adraoui, and Ahmad Abdul Hamid Hussein
​11:00 - 13:00
​Session Two
​Aud A
​The State and Revolutions: Containment and Confrontation 1 (video unavailabe due to technical problems)

Chair: Bashshar Haydar 
Participants: Mahdi Mabrouk, Ouled Bahi Boun, Mohammed Elagati, and Malika Zekhnnini

​Aud B
​The State and Revolutions: Containment and Confrontation 2 (video unavailabe due to technical problems)

Chair: Mona Harb 
Participants: Michael C. Hudson, Clement M. Henry, Mohammad El Shewy, and Daniel P. Brown
​14:30 - 16:30
​Session Three
​Aud A
​Arab Armies and the Revolutions: Redefining the Roles (video unavailabe due to technical problems)

Chair: Samer Frangie 
Participants: Hani Awad, Hassan Al Hajj Ali Ahmed, Carla Marie Emanuel Issa, and Arnaud Kurze

​Aud B
​The Democratic Transition: Approaches and Questions (video unavailabe due to technical problems)

Chair: Bassel Salloukh
Participants: Antonio-Martín Porras-Gómez, Mohammed Bask Manar, Sidi Moulay Ahmed Aylal, and Georges Fahmi
​16:45 - 18:30
​Roundtable Discussion
​Bathish Auditorium
​Roundtable Discussion with a number of prominent young leaders

Chair: Fawwaz Traboulsi
​18:35 - 19:30
​Keynote Lecture 
​Bathish Auditorium
​Probing the Main Obstacle to the Arab Popular Uprisings: Can the Arab people topple the regime with the state in place?
Gilbert Achcar


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Day Three: Saturday January 23, 2016
​9:00 - 10:00
​Keynote Lecture
​Bathish Auditorium
​The Challenges Facing the Arab Spring 
Khaled Ali
​10:00 - 11:00
​Keynote Lecture
​Bathish Auditorium
​The Political Theology of ISIS
Ahmad Dallal
​11:30 - 13:30
​Session One
​Aud A
​From Revolution to the Dilemma of the Democratic Transition 

Chair: Saoud Almawla
Participants: Raymond Hinnebusch, Mourad El Mehni, Ahmed Idali, and Mohamed Ruhayem

​Aud B
​Obstacles to the Democratic Transition in the Arab States

Chair: Hazem Al Amine 
Participants: Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Leila Kabalan and Amr Kotb, Alhassan Bin Noujeim, and Jawhar Jammoussi
​15:00 - 17:00
​Session Two
​Aud A
​The Stalled Democratic Transition: the Role of Social Institutions 1

Chair: Nasser Yassin 
Participants: Maziyar Ghiabi, Heba Raouf Ezzat, Mai Mogib, and Rahim Ahmed Khafaji

​Aud B
​The Stalled Democratic Transition: the Role of Social Institutions 2

Chair: Charles Harb
Participants: Naim Chelghoum, Isam Al Khafaji, Rabab El-Mahdi, and 
Adel al-Shorjabi
​17:30 - 19:30
​Session Three
​Aud B
​Regional and Global Polarization and the Impact on the Development of the Arab Revolutions
Chair: Rami Khouri 
Participants: Yasser Djazaerly, Felicia Pratto and Fouad Bou Zeineddine,
Muriel Asseburg, and Natalia Berenkova


Events

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Short film and int​​erviews


 

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