After the wave of democratization in the former Eastern European countries, many scholars wondered why the Arab World was still lagging behind. Some argued that that this was due to cultural and religious factors that make Arab societies a natural locus of the so-called 'oriental despotism'. This panel will discuss the unexpected uprisings which are shaking the Arab world, starting from North Africa. What are the reasons behind theses revolts? Is there a domino-effect after Tunisia and Egypt? Who is leading these social movements? What are the regional and global implications of regime change in the region?...etc These and other questions are discussed by a panel of scholars and journalists whose work focus on the region. Speakers include:
Nizar Aboud, NYC correspondent of the Lebanese newspaper, Al-Akhbar
Younes Abouyoub, political sociologist, Columbia University
Talal Asad, Anthropologist, CUNY
Norman Finkelstein, Author & Political Scientist.
Fadhel Kaboub, Economist, Denison University.