Political Reform in the Arab World: Problems and Prospects
Date and Time
Repeats every day until Tue May 11 2010.
May 10, 2010 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open to the public.
RSVP required by 5PM May 07.
Bechtel Conference Center
On May 10-11, 2010 the Program on Good Governance and
Political Reform in the Arab World at CDDRL held its international inaugural
conference. In line with the Arab Reform Program's vision, the conference featured
internationally renowned scholars, activists, and practitioners from the Arab
world, Europe and the United States. Over the two days, conference participants
engaged in multidisciplinary debates addressing hard politics as well as
soft politics, and analyzing political reform from different angles, with
panels on the economy, state systems, the media, civil society, political
opposition, youth politics, and the role of international actors. Problems
facing political reform in the Arab world today were discussed and
scrutinized, as were possible paths forward. The conference debates
unearthed the need for a deep understanding of the problems facing political
reform in the region that is driven by an analysis of long-term and often
ignored issues that are at the core of political developments. The debates also
highlighted that problems and prospects for reform are different in each Arab
country because each country has its own unique set of issues and because
within each country different ethnic groups, classes, and locales have
different takes on and stakes in political developments. The conference
closed with a speech by Dr. Saad Eddin Ibrahim.