New York University will host “ ‘Arab Spring’ or ‘Arab Winter’?—An Update on the Arab Revolutions,” a panel discussion featuring Frank Wisner, former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, and Hussein Hassouna, ambassador of the League of Arab States to the U.S., among others, on Wednesday, November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at NYU’s Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center (100 Washington Square East [at Washington Place]).
The discussion is sponsored by NYU’s Center for Dialogues, in cooperation with the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.
The Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, which began on December 18, 2010 and January 25, 2011, respectively, have profoundly altered the landscape of North Africa and the Middle East. Nearly a year later, Tunisian and Egyptian citizens are preparing to elect new leaders for the first time in decades and insurgents in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Bahrain are continuing their struggle for change. Now, policymakers are beginning to address the more difficult questions of the future: Who will lead these countries and what forms will their governments take? In what ways will Islam be incorporated into the new body politic? How will these changes affect the politics of the Mediterranean region? How can the West, and particularly the United States, best redefine its policy towards the region?
Other panelists, which include academics, diplomats, and opinion researchers from Egypt, Tunisia, and the United States, are: Craig Charney, president, Charney Research; Hamadi Redissi, professor of political science, University of Tunis; Zachary Lockman, a professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and history at NYU; Manar El-Shorbagy, professor of political science, American University in Cairo. Mustapha Tlili, founder and director of the NYU Center for Dialogues, will moderate the discussion. For a complete schedule, click here.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP (deadline: November 14), call 212.998.8693 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street); 6 (Astor Place), N, R (8th Street). Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s deputy director for media relations, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.
New York University’s Center for Dialogues: Islamic World-U.S.-The West emerged from the tragedy of September 11th, which highlighted the need for greater communication among and about the United States, Europe, and the Muslim world. The Center was founded as a forum for constructive debate among the various religious, intellectual, economic, and political sectors of American, European, and Islamic societies. It brings contentious issues between the Islamic world and the West into a more rational plane and promotes this approach to a wide audience, including the important constituencies of policy and decision-makers, policy analysts, the media, and educational institutions. For more, go to www.centerfordialogues.org.