As the term 'Arab Exceptionism' demonstrates, the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has taken many – including experts – by surprise. Why? Do our conceptual geography and analytical lenses need to be restructured? And why is the present transition process so messy? What does the future look like? In this lecture, Professor Bahgat Korani will explore how, although Tunisia was the direct trigger of the 'Arab Spring', Egypt is its landscape. What happens for the transition in this most populous country of the Arab world will, more than in Yemen or neighbouring Libya, shape this 'Spring's' outcome.
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Speaker: Professor Bahgat Korany, American University in Cairo
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges, LSE
Date: Monday 02 June 2014
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
Attendance: This event is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure to arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry
Bahgat Korany is Professor of International Relations and Political Economy at the American University in Cairo, Director of the AUC Forum and Research Professor at the University of Montreal. He was also a visiting professor in a number of universities including Oxford and Harvard. He is an elected member of Canada’s Royal Academy since 1994. In addition to about 90 book chapters and articles in specialised periodicals from Revue Franciase de Sciences Politiques to World Politics, Korany has published twelve books in English and French. He is the lead author of the 10th Anniversary volume of the UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report.