Background and Scope
December 17, 2020 marked the tenth anniversary of the start of the Arab uprisings in Tunisia. Beginning in 2011, mass uprisings swept North Africa and the Middle East, spreading from the shores of Tunisia to Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, and the Eastern Province of the Arabian Peninsula. A “second wave” of mass protests and uprisings manifested during 2019 in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq. The persistence of demands for popular sovereignty even in the face of re-entrenched authoritarianism, imperial intervention, and civil strife is a critical chapter in regional and global history.
In an effort to mark, interrogate, and reflect on the Arab uprisings, the Arab Studies Institute in collaboration with Princeton’s Arab Barometer, and George Mason’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, and other academic institutions, launched a year-long set of events, reflections, and conversations. The aim of the project is to produce resources for educators, researchers, students, and journalists to understand the last decade of political upheaval historically and in the lived present.
The Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University in Qatar is part of the Ten Years On consortium that includes over a dozen academic institutions and research centers. CIRS’s participation and involvement in the consortium’s activities will be guided by a TYO Oversight Group led by Georgetown faculty members Dr. Abdullah Al Arian, Dr. Mohamed Zayani, Dr. Noha Aboueldahab, and Dr. Sami Hermez of Northwestern University-Qatar, in addition to Zahra Babar, Associate Director of Research at CIRS, and Dean Ahmad Dallal. CIRS will organize a panel in fall 2021 on the social and political mobilization of Arab diaspora communities since the Arab Uprisings.
Georgetown University (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies), American University of Beirut (Asfari Institute), Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Brown University (Center for Middle East Studies), UC Santa Barbara (Center for Middle East Studies), Harvard University (Center for Middle East Studies), University of Exeter (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies), Birzeit University (Department of Political Science), University of Chicago (Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory), Stanford University (Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University), AUC Affiliates, Georgetown University-Qatar’s Center For International And Regional Studies (CIRS), The Global Academy (MESA Affiliated), Institute of Palestine Studies, Bard College, UC Los Angeles, University of Pittsburg and UC Santa Cruz.
Media Framing of Political Events in Lebanon: From Uprising to Blast & Aftermath
Friday, 11 June @ 12pm EDT, @ 5pm London time, @ 7pm Beirut time & Qatar time
Islamists and the Arab Uprisings
Featuring: Abdullah Al-Arian, Wednesday, June 2 @ 10am PDT / 1pm EDT
Exploring the New Regional Dynamics of the Middle East
Tuesday, May 26th
Disciplinary Woes and Possibilities: Political Science in the Context of the Uprisings
April 27, 2021
Syria Ten Years On: Art, Journalism, and the Struggle over Narrative
Archives, Revolution, and Historical Thinking
CIRS Oversight Group
Associate Professor at Georgetown University-Qatar
Nonresident Fellow – Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Associate Director of Research at CIRS-Georgetown University-Qatar
Dean, Georgetown University-Qatar
Director of the Liberal Arts Program
Associate Professor in Residence at Northwestern University in Qatar
Professor at Georgetown University- Qatar