Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy & Beyond

Arab Center Washington DC (ACW) hosted its first annual conference titled Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy and Beyond in partnership with the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

ACW convened several distinguished scholars and experts to critically examine the state of democracy in the Arab world, assess the factors that contributed to the failure of Arab democratic transition, and evaluate Obama’s foreign policy and legacy in the region providing recommendations to the next administration for serious promotion of Arab democracy. Read the conference summary

Conference Sessions:

Opening Remarks and Morning Keynote by Dr. Azmi Bishara

Randa Fahmy
Member of the Board of Directors, Arab Center Washington DC

Khalil Jahshan 
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC (ACW)

Azmi Bishara – via video conference
General Director, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Qatar

Dr. Azmi Bishara’s Keynote was published in The New Arab  – Read More

 

The Arab Spring and Failed Transitions to Democracy

Nadim Rouhana Moderator
Professor & Director, International Negotiation and Conflict Studies, Tufts University

Abdulwahhab Al-Qassab
Associate Researcher, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Peter Beinart
Associate Professor of Journalism & Political Science, CUNY

Michele Dunne  
Director, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Lina Khatib
Head of MENA Programme, Chatham House London

Emad Shahin
Hasib Sabbagh Distinguished Visiting Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Georgetown University

 

Lunch Conversation: US Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Francis Fukuyama Keynote
Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Stanford University

Nader Hashemi Moderator
Director, Center for Middle East Studies, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

 

Future Outlook and Recommended US Policies regarding Democracy in the Arab World

George Salem Moderator
Member of the Board of Directors, Arab Center Washington DC

Daniel Brumberg 
Director, Democracy and Governance Studies, Georgetown University

Amaney Jamal
Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Marwan Kabalan
Associate Researcher, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Qatar

Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)

Radwan Ziadeh
Senior Middle East Analyst, Arab Center Washington DC


For questions, email: conference@arabcenterdc.org