Dec 7 @ HHH: Fading Hope of Democracy in the Middle East

Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents
False Dawn: The Fading Hope of Democracy in the Middle East

12/7/17, 11:45 AM

Thursday, December 7
11:45am - 1:00pm
Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The first decade of this century showcased hopeful popular revolts across the Middle East as people poured into the streets to demand change. Today, hopes for democracy in the region have all but disappeared in a maelstrom of violence and renewed state repression. Egypt remains an authoritarian state, Syria and Yemen are in the midst of civil wars, Libya has descended into anarchy, the Islamic State army has been defeated on the battlefield but remains a threat, and Turkey has flipped from a heralded model of democracy to autocracy. Middle East expert Steven Cook chronicles the rise and fall of the Middle East's democratic movement.

Steven A. Cook is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East; The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

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