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Brookings – The Arab Spring Five Years Later: Toward Greater Inclusiveness

January 15, 2016 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

The Arab Spring Five Years Later: Toward Greater Inclusiveness

The Brookings Institution

Five years have passed since the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia sparked revolts around the Arab world and the beginning of the Arab Spring. Despite high hopes that the Arab world was entering a new era of freedom, economic growth, and social justice, the transition turned out to be long and difficult, with the Arab world now in turmoil with revolutions, counter revolutions, wars, civil strife, and the worst refugee crisis of our times. The response to the Arab Spring and its aftermath has focused almost exclusively on political and security issues, and on the very divisive questions of national identity and political regimes. Economic and social questions have been put on the back burner.

On January 15, Brookings Global Economy and Development will host a discussion on a new book, The Arab Spring Five Years Laterwhich explores the critical economic and social issues driving the Arab Spring agenda and the real economic grievances that must be addressed in order to achieve peace, stability, and successful political transitions as well as provides an approach to addressing those grievances.

Hafez Ghanem and Shinchi Yamanaka will present the key findings of the book after which there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kemal Derviş. Afterward, questions will be taken from the audience.


Hafez Ghanem

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development

Shinchi Yamanaka

Director-general for the Middle East and North Africa, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


Kemal Derviş – MODERATOR

Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development, The Edward M. Bernstein Scholar

 Masood Ahmed

Director, Middle East Department, International Monetary Fund

Tamara Cofman Wittes

Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Center for Middle East Policy

Sanjay Pradhan

Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership


January 15, 2016
10:15 am - 11:45 am
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