Event to mark the publication of Gilbert Achcar’s Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising. Since the first wave of uprisings in 2011, the euphoria of the “Arab Spring” has given way to the gloom of backlash and a descent into mayhem and war. The revolution has been overwhelmed by clashes between rival counter-revolutionary forces: resilient old regimes on the one hand and Islamic fundamentalist contenders on the other. Focusing on Syria and Egypt, Achcar assesses the present stage of the uprising and the main obstacles, both regional and international, that prevent any resolution.
Gilbert Achcar is Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His publications include The Clash of Barbarisms: September 11 and the Making of the New World Disorder (2002), published in 15 languages; Perilous Power: The Middle East and US Foreign Policy (2008), with Noam Chomsky; the critically acclaimed The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab–Israeli War of Narratives (2010); and The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising (2013).
Tuesday 4 October 2016, 5:45 pm
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House), SOAS, University of London, Russell Square WC1H 0XG
Organiser: London Middle East Institute
Admission: Free (all welcome)
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