Bahrain: Civil Society and Political Imagination
Jane Kinninmont, Deputy Head and Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Omar Sirri, PhD Student, Political Science, University of Toronto
Chair: Neil Quilliam, Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Since the 2011 uprising, no serious progress has yet been made in reaching a solution to the political crisis in Bahrain. The speakers will look at the implications of the upcoming parliamentary elections, which the opposition has said they will boycott, while also considering the longer-term challenges facing the country with a focus on the role of civil society actors in advancing the prospects for a political agreement.
The event will launch the Chatham House Research Paper Bahrain: Civil Society and Political Imagination by Jane Kinninmont and Omar Sirri. The paper argues that Bahrain’s civil society, traditionally very active though currently weakened by restrictions and polarisation, is a valuable source of ideas for resolving the country’s continuing political disputes and addressing some of the underlying economic and social challenges.
A reception will be held from 10am.
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