The Arab Awakening: Will It Lead to Open, Democratic Societies?
John Shattuck, President and Rector of CEU
Hadeel Qazzaz (Palestine), civil society activist, Feminist, Programme Director at Tiri-Integrity Action, resides in an Occupied Territory where the effects and consequences of the Arab Awakening remain uncertain.
Tahreer Abed (Egypt), activist and scholar from Palestine, currently lives in Egypt and works at the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies of the American University in Cairo, has been closely following the revolution in Egypt.
Ramsey Tesdell (Jordan), founder of 7iber.com in 2007, works in citizen media, social media and digital storytelling, has a special interest in the role of social and new media in empowering people, community mobilization and community building at this critical stage in the Arab world.
MODERATOR: Fredrik Galtung (Norway), Chief Executive of Tiri-Integrity Action, which is based in London, and has a growing interest in connection between integrity challenges and mass mobilization in the Middle East.
The tipping point for the Tunisian social revolution and the social uprising in Egypt was public outrage at the combination of grand and everyday corruption that permeated so much of the politics, society and economy of both countries. Citizens connected the restrictions on civil and political liberties, high levels of unemployment and economic injustice with widespread maladministration and abuse of office. A generational opportunity has been created across much of the Arab world. Where does it go from here? Is there a demand for open, democratic societies? What will this mean in the Arab world?