Is the Arab Winter coming?


Seminar with Bassma Kodmani, Ibrahim El-Houdaiby and Eugene Rogan

Tuesday 5. March 2013, 10:00 until 14:00

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Free entry

The Arab Spring is over, but what happened to the summer we all hoped for? Has it already turned into a bleak winter? In this seminar we invite scholars and activists to discuss the Arab Spring’s current status and prospects.

Can secularists, Islamists and other groups overcome the deep divides affecting Arab societies that have been nurtured for centuries by dictators? What do the newborn constitutions promise for the future of the region? Will we experience the emergence of liberal democracies based on Western models, or will Islamist fundamentalists gain control, or are there other possible scenarios? What factors will determine what happens in the near future? The seminar will be held in English.