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Pan-Arabism: A Path to Unity or Division?

Dr. Juan Romero explores the attempts to create an Arab superstate by Gamal 'Abd al-Nasir and other pan-Arabists from the 1950s-70s.

Date & Time

May. 19, 2022
11:00am – 12:00pm ET




Focusing on the period between 1952 and 1970, this discussion with Dr. Juan Romero explores the time when the dream of creating an Arab superstate appeared to be not just a dream but a possibility. Champions of the pan-Arab idea, such as the Egyptian President Gamal ʿAbd al-Nasir, enjoyed strong support in various parts of the Arab world. Two unity projects in particular, the United Arab Republic and the Arab Union, seem to confirm the impression that Arabs were taking strides toward unification. This presentation examines to what extent pan-Arabism led to unity or division in the Arab world, and the significance of why two pan-Arab projects were launched more or less simultaneously.

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History and Public Policy Program

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Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more

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