Middle East Realignment: Great Decisions Lecture Series


Event Details

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
BNP Paribas
787 Seventh Avenue, 9th floor Auditorium
between 51st and 52nd Street
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

The puzzle, Dr. Shibley Telhami posited at a lecture on the first anniversary of the Egyptian uprising, is why hasn’t the Arab world revolted sooner? Based on extensive research and years of polling across the region, Dr. Telhami argues that the remarkable growth of transnational media and internet access enabled a revolution, even without organized political parties. The Arab Awakening, as he calls it, is exceptional because it galvanized individual and public empowerment, “awakening” a new sense of dignity. The old establishment, such as in Saudi Arabia, can attempt to curb its decline, but public opinion can no longer be ignored.

Learn more from Dr. Telhami’s 2011 Arab Public Opinion Poll, conducted across 5 countries with over 3,000 participants:


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Part I: Introduction by Sarwar Kashmeri, Fellow, Foreign Policy Association

Part II: Remarks by Shibley Telhami

Part III: Q&A

Part IV: Event Slideshow (Photographed by Kenji Mori)

Event Speakers

    • Shibley Telhami - Speaker

      Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he taught at several universities, including Cornell University, the Ohio State University, the University of Southern California, Princeton University, Columbia University, Swarthmore College, and the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in political science.

    • Shibley Telhami

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