12:45 - 1:45 pm (U.S. ET)
Nathan Brown (left) and Amr Hamzawy After years of much discussion and little action, several Arab countries seem to be taking steps toward political reform. How significant are the changes -- is real democratization on the horizon? Is this momentum illusory or sustainable? What has caused the new reform dynamic?
The Carnegie Endowment's Democracy and Rule of Law project addresses these questions in a symposium of critical importance: Political Reform in the Arab World: Reality and Illusions.
Mustapha Kamal al-Sayyid Two leading Arab experts on political reform in the region lead the discussion. Mustapha Kamal al-Sayyid of Cairo University, one of the most prominent experts in the region on liberalization, will discuss regional developments. He is joined by Carnegie senior associate Amr Hamzawy, a leading expert on political reform in the Arab world. Nathan Brown, Carnegie senior associate, served as moderator.
About the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program
The Carnegie Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program rigorously analyzes the global state of democracy, conflict, and governance, the interrelationship among them, and international efforts to strengthen democracy and governance, reduce violence, and stabilize conflict.
About the Middle East Program
The Carnegie Middle East Program combines in-depth local knowledge with incisive comparative analysis to examine economic, sociopolitical, and strategic interests in the Arab world. Through detailed country studies and the exploration of key crosscutting themes, the Carnegie Middle East Program, in coordination with the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, provides analysis and recommendations in both English and Arabic that are deeply informed by knowledge and views from the region. The program has special expertise in processes of political, economic, and geopolitical change in Egypt, North Africa, Israel/Palestine, the Gulf, and Iran.