Friday, 14th October, 2011 at 5.15 – 6.45pm in the Wine Room
King’s College, University of Cambridge
The event is free and open to all.
Refreshments will be served.
The events of the first nine months of 2011 have both underlined the centrality of the Middle East and North Africa to world affairs and profoundly challenged conventional assumptions about the Arab and Muslim worlds.
Those assumptions must now be questioned, as events inside the region continue to unfold. Given both the on-going significance of the region to the economic and security interests of Europe and the United States, and the more immediate social and political fortunes of the region’s inhabitants in the face of such radical change, we believe that we have observed only the opening moves in what will prove to be a complex and lengthy process that will profoundly change our understandings both of the region and of the ways in which fundamental socio-political change occurs. Given the region’s centrality to global geopolitics and to world energy, events there will have profound implications for our understanding of international affairs in the future.
We therefore propose to institute a standing seminar to discuss, within the University, what has happened and what is yet to come. We feel that such an initiative should be open to all members of the University and should encourage as wide a discussion as possible of the social, political and economic evolution within the region, as it develops. The seminar will take place four times a term, beginning in Michaelmas term 2011, and will be located in King’s College, at the Wine Room between 5.15 pm and 6.45 pm. Initially, the meetings will be led by specialists from within the University itself but will expand to include experts from the wider academic and professional community as well. However, the quality of discussion will arise from the wider debate amongst all those who attend, which the speakers’ introductions will be designed to encourage. Do join us in what we believe will be an exciting and illuminating venture to understand one of the most challenging events on the global stage that has occurred in the past two decades.
Professor Yasir Suleiman
AMES, Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies and King’s College, Cambridge.
Introduction by Professor Yasir Suleiman CBE, FRSE
Lecture: ‘The implications of the Arab Spring’ by Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian
Lecture: ‘Tunisia after the elections’ by George Joffé
Lecture: ‘Egypt’s elections’ (TBC)
Lecture: ‘Crisis in Syria’ by Dr Alan George