Roundtable on Revolution and Political Transitions in North Africa

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies – Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service  Georgetown University

Roundtable Discussion:

Revolution and Political Transitions in North Africa

co-sponsored with

The Maghreb Center

November 21, 2013 (2:30PM -6:00PM)

ICC 141

The roundtable will focus on the 2011 Arab Spring Revolts in North Africa and the subsequent transitions. Specific issues to be addressed with be the role of the military and the police in transitions, the sequencing of elections and constitution writing, and the important role of youth. The discussion will include highlights from the newly published book Revolution, Revolt  and Reform in North Africa (Edited by Ricardo René Larémont, published by Routledge) and The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics (Edited by John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahi, published by Oxford University Press).

Location: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom, Intercultural Center (ICC), 241. Georgetown University, 3700 O Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., DC 20057


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2:30-3:20 Registration

3:20-3:30 Welcoming Remarks: Osama Abi-Mershed, Georgetown Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and Nejib Ayachi, The Maghreb Center.

3:30-4:00 Roundtable I—Power: The Army and the Police in Transitions to Democracy

Moderator: Nejib Ayachi (The Maghreb Center)                                                                                                                


– Lahouari Addi (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University),

– Azzedine Layachi (Saint John’s University, New York City & Rome),

– Noureddine Jebnoun (Georgetown University).

4:00-4:20 Q&A

4:20-4:50 Roundtable II—Process: Constitutions, Elections, and their Sequencing in Transitions to Democracy                                                                                                                                            

Moderator: Ricardo René Larémont (State University of New York at Binghampton)


– Emad El-Din Shahin (American University in Cairo),

– Michael Hudson (National University of Singapore; Emeritus, GeorgetownUniversity ),

– Joseph Sassoon (St. Antony’s College, Oxford; Visiting Professor, Georgetown University)

4:50-5:15 Q&A

5:15-5:45 Roundtable III—Moving Forward: Youth and their Interactions with Religious and Secular Parties                                                                                                                                      

Moderator: Osama Abi-Mershed (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University)

Participants:                                                                                                                                                    – Ricardo Laremont (State University of New York at Binghampton),

– Amira Aleya-Sghaier (University of Tunis),

–  Nejib Ayachi (The Maghreb Center, Washington DC).

5:45-6:00 Q&A

6:00 Reception