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The Arab Revolutions of 2011: The Struggle Against Autocracy Resumed

25 July 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


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.