Arab Studies Institute

Washington DC - Beirut

T 703-688-2745



Sense and Nonsense about Protests and Turmoil in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon

By Middle East Studies/Global Interdisciplinary Programs.

02/08/2011 02:00 am

Location: Student Union II, Room 5, George Mason University

The social upheaval and protests in Tunisia and Egypt recently cannot be underestimated, whether or not the outcome is what the protesters desired. The magnitude of these developments cannot be adequately understood without a sober account of the authoritarian legacy of these regimes and their international supporters. One would also have to sift through the largely superficial accounts that pervade the mainstream press. As for Lebanon, the question of the International Tribunal on the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri continues to cause ample conflict and turmoil in an already divided polity, with both regional and international implications. Both sets of developments will be addressed during this brown bag!