From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World


Date and Time

May 12, 2011 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM



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The Program on Arab Reform and Democracy is pleased to announce its second annual conference on May 12-13, 2011.

This conference focuses on empowering political activism in the Arab world, and features scholars and activists discussing the achievements of and challenges facing political activists in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.


From Political Activism to Democratic Change in the Arab World

Second Annual Conference of the

Program on Arab Reform and Democracy

Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) atStanfordUniversity

May 12-13, 2011




Thursday May 12, 2011


8:30-9:00 Welcome


9:00-9:45 Opening Speech

Activism in the Middle East: A Framework

Ellen Lust,YaleUniversity


9:45-10:15 Break


10:15-12:15 Tunisia and Egypt

Chair: Ellen Lust,YaleUniversity


Toward a Second Republic in Tunisia

Christopher Alexander,DavidsonCollege


Political Activism of Everyday Life: Lessons from the Tunisian Revolution

Nabiha Jerad,Tunisia


Factors Leading to the Egyptian Revolution; Where are We Now?

Ahmed Salah,Egypt


Discussant: Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


12:15-1:15 Lunch


1:15-3:15 The Gulf

Chair: Larry Diamond,StanfordUniversity


The 2011 Uprising in Bahrain and its Consequences on the Participative Institutions

Laurence Louër, SciencesPo


Activism in Bahrain and the Struggle for Reform

Maryam Al Khawaja,Bahrain Centre for Human Rights


Saudi Arabia: The Impossible Revolution?

Stéphane Lacroix, SciencesPo


Challenges to Realistic Political Reforms in Yemen

Munir Mawari,Yemen


3:15-3:45 Break


3:45-5:15 Syria and Lebanon

Chair: Lina Khatib,StanfordUniversity


Activism and the Orphan Reform in Lebanon.

Ziad Majed,AmericanUniversity ofParis


Syria from Political Activism to Popular Uprising: A Roadmap to Democracy

Radwan Ziadeh,GeorgeWashingtonUniversity


Discussant: Daniel Brumberg,GeorgetownUniversity




Friday May 13, 2011


9:00-10:30 Palestine

Chair: Khalil Barhoum,StanfordUniversity


Pretending Palestine is Normal

Nathan Brown,GeorgeWashingtonUniversity


Palestine: The Non-violent Popular Struggle for Freedom and the Future of Democracy

Mustafa Barghouti, MP,Palestine


10:30-11:00 Break


11:00-1:00 Jordan and Morocco

Chair: Hicham Ben Abdallah,StanfordUniversity


A Decade of Struggling Reform Efforts in Jordan: The Resilience of the Rentier System

Marwan Muasher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Assessing Current Public Perceptions of Political Activism Development in Jordan

Amer Bani Amer,Al-HayatCenter for Civil Society Development


Morocco: Activist Revival vs. Autocratic Resilience

Ahmed Benchemsi,StanfordUniversity


 Discussant: Sean Yom,TempleUniversity


1:00-2:00 Lunch


2:00-4:00 Concluding Roundtable Discussion and Reflections

Chair: Larry Diamond,StanfordUniversity

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