The Arab World's Berlin Wall Moment?

Fawaz Gerges, Professor of the International Relations of the Middle East, and Director, Middle East Centre, London School of Economics

Fawaz Gerges believes that Arabs are on the brink of a democratic wave similar to the ones that swept through Eastern Europe and Latin America. The recent massive political and social upheaval in the Middle East has stunned the world, and many now wonder if the age of oppressive regimes has come to an end. The monarchies—Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan—have been shaken by the social unrest, yet seem less vulnerable than the faltering republics of Syria and Yemen. Will the influences of pluralism and democracy prevail over the powerful legacy of authoritarianism and populism? Is this the Arab world’s Berlin Wall moment? Join Fawaz Gerges for the final part of the fall 2011 Chicago and the World Forum series as he examines the present and future political landscapes of the Middle East.

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His latest book, The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.

Generous support for the Chicago and the World Forum series each year is provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.