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Understanding the New Wave of Arab Protests: An Expert Panel

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A new series of protests and demonstrations has erupted across the Middle East and North Africa over the past 9 months. In Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Algeria, Jordan, and Egypt, these protests were largely triggered by dire socio-economic conditions, corruption and a sense of economic and political disenfranchisement with outright calls for regime change in the  case of Algeria, Sudan, and very recently in Lebanon. 

Join our discussion with a panel of Wilson and regional experts to analyze these events and understand difference and similarities between the present wave of protests and those that erupted in 2011.

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  • David Ottaway

    David Ottaway

    Middle East Fellow
    Middle East Specialist and Former Washington Post Correspondent


  • Rend Al-Rahim

    Co-founder and President of the Iraq Foundation
  • Marina Ottaway

    Middle East Fellow
    Former Senior Research Associate and Head of the Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Hussain Abdul-Hussain

    Washington Bureau Chief, Al Rai Newspaper