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The Resistible Rise of the Islamists?

February 27, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
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Photo by Mona Youssef

with

Marina Ottaway
Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

Les Campbell
Senior Associate and Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa, National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Some call it the Islamist winter while others talk of revolution betrayed. Neither claim portrays accurately what is happening in Arab countries in the throes of popular uprisings and rapid political change. The rise of Islamist parties in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings took most by surprise, including in some cases the Islamist parties themselves, which were more successful than they dared to hope. Coupled with the disarray of the secular opposition, the success of Islamist parties augurs poorly for democracy, because a strong, competitive opposition is the only guarantee against the emergence of a new authoritarianism.
 

Location: 
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • Senior Associate & Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Democratic Institute
  • Marina Ottaway // Senior Scholar
    Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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