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The Arab Revolutions of 2011: The Struggle Against Autocracy Resumed

Chatham House, London

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Eugene Rogan, Director, Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, University of Oxford and author of The Arabs: A History
Chair: Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


In 2011, people across the Arab world have mobilized to demand accountable government after decades under autocratic rule. The movement has historical precedents, both in efforts before the First World War to constrain absolute monarchy by constitutional means, and in the liberal experiments under colonial rule in the interwar era. The speaker will ask whether the activists of 2011 can learn from the failings of previous liberal movements to achieve the new era of free and open politics to which they aspire.