The Arab Monarchies After the Arab Spring
Heba Al Nasser, Academy Associate, Chatham House; Deputy Programme Director, British Council in Oman
Dr Alanoud Al Sharekh, Visiting Fellow, London Middle East Institute, SOAS
Dr Shafeeq Ghabra, Professor of Political Science, Kuwait University
Chair: Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
The Arab monarchies emerged outwardly intact after the Arab Spring, resulting in a narrative of resilience in the face of demonstrations and demands for reform. Five years on from these events, the panellists will reflect on the accuracy of this assessment from a civil society perspective. They will explore the lessons that the ruling establishments have learnt since 2011 and discuss whether, and how, political and social activists have changed their approach to demanding reform in the Arab monarchies.