“The Arab Spring: Six Years On”, a Conversation with Prof. Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•01•27    18:30 - 19:30

    On 27 January 2017, UNU will host “The Arab Spring: Six Years On”, a conversation with Professor Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies  (IHEID) and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    In the early months of 2011, the Middle East and North Africa embarked on a historic process of sociopolitical transformation, the “Arab Spring”, which sent large-scale reverberations throughout and beyond the region. In rapid and unexpected succession, long-established and seemingly well-entrenched authoritarian regimes collapsed, opening the way for difficult and often-violent transitions. Six years later, how do the “Arab Spring” social movements continue to fare? Where are these political transitions heading, and what shape have the power configurations and the social pacts taken?

    Prof. Mohamedou will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the current state and future prospects of the region. Prof. Mohamedou will discuss how the Arab Spring countries may evolve over the next few years and the implications that this may have for the rest of the world.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 26 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou is Professor of International History at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and Visiting Professor at the Doctoral School of Sciences Po Paris.

    From 1998 to 2004, he was Director of Research at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, where he conducted research on national human rights institutions and journalism coverage of rights issues, and co-authored a report on the persistence and mutation of racism and economic exclusion. From 2004 to 2008, Prof. Mohamedou was Associate Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, where he founded the Transnational and Non-State Armed Groups Project.

    He subsequently served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania before returning to Geneva as Head of the Regional Development Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, where he is currently Deputy Director and Academic Dean.

    His research focuses on political violence and transnational terrorism, the transformation of warfare, political liberalisation and transitions to democracy, and contemporary Middle Eastern and North African sociopolitical developments and conflicts.

    Prof. Mohamedou received his PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. Widely published, Prof. Mohamedou is regularly quoted in global media for his expertise. He is the author of Iraq and the Second Gulf War: State Building and Regime Security (2002) and Understanding Al Qaeda: The Transformation of War (2011), and co-editor of Democratisation in the 21st Century: Reviving Transitology (2016).


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    United Nations University
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