Arab Elections and Democracy: Between Authoritarianism, Conflict, and Sectarianism
A closer look at Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Tunisia

Wednesday May 30, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20045


Rend Al-Rahim
Co-founder and President, Iraq Foundation
Former Iraqi Ambassador to the United States

Charles W. Dunne
Nonresident Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC

Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy

Paul Salem
Senior Vice President for Policy Research and Programs The Middle East Institute

Daniel Brumberg – Moderator
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Arab Center Washington DC
Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University

Khalil E. Jahshan – Introduction
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC


Elections have taken place over the last few months in the Arab world: presidential in Egypt, parliamentary in Lebanon and Iraq, and municipal in Tunisia. As exercises in electoral democracy, the elections have important repercussions on democratic development and governance in these and other countries. At the same time, the elections were conducted as the region grapples with conflict, authoritarianism, corruption, sectarianism, and the marginalization of large segments of Arab society.

What are the implications of the elections for democracy in the Arab world? What are the domestic and regional conditions and challenges under which these elections were held? How best can the different countries address their respective challenges to democratization and reform? And what is the future outlook for democratic governance in the Arab world?

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