State of Arab world in aftermath of Arab Spring topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 14


Jeff Falk

State of Arab world in aftermath of Arab Spring topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 14

HOUSTON – (Jan. 8, 2014) – Two leading scholars from the Middle East Institute (MEI) in Washington, D.C., will examine the state of the Arab world’s transitions three years after the Arab Spring’s popular uprisings during a Jan. 14 forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Center for the Middle East and is part of MEI’s recently launched Arab Transitions initiative.

Who:               Khalil al-Anani, MEI senior fellow, and Paul Salem, MEI vice president of policy and research.

Allen Matusow, Baker Institute director of academic affairs and Rice’s W.G. Twyman Professor of History, will moderate the event. Edward Djerejian, Baker Institute founding director, will provide introductory remarks.

What:             A free public lectured titled “Assessing the Arab Spring: Three Years On.”

When:             Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.

In their talk, Salem and al-Anani will discuss the dynamics behind the transformations underway, with a focus on how the democratization process has fared in countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Libya. Salem will assess and analyze the overall trends shaping the transitions and prospects for a more democratic future. Al-Anani will highlight the case of Egypt, focusing on the new constitution and Egypt’s path toward elections.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.