Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
News
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
 

Book panel discusses “Democratic Transitions in the Arab World”
2/7/2017
Dana Abed  |  Office of Advancement  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 
On the occasion of the launch of the book “Democratic Transitions in the Arab World," the Institute of Financial Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies held a panel to discuss the book on February 6.

The panel, which was attended by professors, researchers, and students at AUB, was moderated by Emeritus Professor Samir Makdisi, co-editor of the book. Speaking on the panel were Dr. Simon Neaime, director of the Institute of Financial Economics, Dr. Noha el Mikawy from the Ford Foundation, Cairo, Dr. Raed Safadi from the Dubai Department for Economic Development, and Dr. Youssef Khamis. The keynote speaker was Dr. Amaney Jamal from Princeton University.

The book “Democratic Transitions in the Arab World" offers a cross-country analysis of the dynamics of democratic transition and the state of democracy in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, through a series of articles written by notable scholars, and through data based on research conducted in the region. Editors of the book were Ibrahim Elbaawi from the Economic Research Forum (ERF) and Samir Makdisi from the American University of Beirut. The book was published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Simon Neaime inaugurated the panel, praising the good work that was done on the book which is the result of “eight years of serious research."

According to Neaime, this book is important because of the “political and social movements" taking place now in the Arab World, and the “Arab Spring that turned into bloody conflicts."

Dr. Samir Makdisi said that one of the aims of the book is to “define common elements that defined democracy, and look into case studies to know exactly what happened" over the last few years in those countries.

Dr. Amaney Jamal described the book as the “most authoritative and researched book on post-Arab Spring development," which contains “clever use of data and careful empirical work."

Jamal explained that many reasons stand behind the failure of democratization of the Arab World, and those include but aren't limited to the lack of modernization. According to her, the economic situation of the countries, as well and the political instability and history of wars play a major role.

Jamal explained that in addition to the above mentioned key findings of the book, the book is especially important since it provides insider information on the dynamics of each country, allowing the reader to fully understand the post-Arab Spring era.

“What is very impressive is that the chapters have brought economic data from pre and post the Arabic Spring," added Jamal.

Following Jamal's intervention, three contributors to the book discussed the stands of Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon when it comes to democracy and social justice.
Story Highlights
  • ​On the occasion of the launch of the book “Democratic Transitions in the Arab World," the Institute of Financial Economics at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies held a panel to discuss the book on February 6.
 
Related Info
Contact Info
Office of Communications
Tel: 961-1-350000 Ext. 2670
Email: media@aub.edu.lb
 
 
News AUB in the News
Google Plus AUB Google+ Page
Facebook AUB Facebook Page
You Tube AUB YouTube Channel
Twitter AUB Twitter Page
Instagram AUB Instagram Account
Contact us Jobs Disclaimer Copyright Non-Discrimination/Title IX