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Arab Revolutions: The Story Continues

Title: Arab Revolutions: The Story Continues

Speakers: Dr Fatima El Issawi, Dr Ala’a Shehabi and Abdulwahab SayedOmar

Date: 15 Mar 2013

Time: 18:45-20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP 




Event details:

Across the Middle East and North Africa massive social and political changes sparked by the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya in 2011 continue. The conflict in Syria remains bloody and tensions in the Gulf countries namely Bahrain and Yemen also continue whilst neighboring countries press on quietly with social and economic reforms to maintain seats of power and keep the streets quiet.


This talk will present a regional update exploring the transitions taking place focusing on security, media, Islamist political movements and human rights. The panel of academics and activists will explore the regional and international implications of the Arab revolutions, provide insights on past events and their outlook for 2013. 


The speakers:

Dr Fatima El-Issawi is a fellow at POLIS, the journalism and society think tank in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). She leads the research project on 'Arab revolutions: Media Revolutions' looking at the transformations in the Arab media industry under transitional political phases within the current uprisings. She has over 15 years of experience in covering the Middle East for international media outlets. She also works as an independent journalist, analyst and trainer in the Arab world.


Dr Ala’a Shehabi, a Bahraini pro-democracy activists, researcher and writer, and founding member of Bahrain Watch, an advocacy group campaigning for transparency and accountability in Bahrain.  She is currently an ACSS research fellow and has a PhD in econometrics from Imperial College London. Previously she worked as a policy analyst for RAND Europe and as a lecturer for the Bahrain Institute for Banking and Finance. She writes for Jadaliyya, Guardian CIF, Foreign Policy and Open Democracy. 


Abdulwahab SayedOmar is a Syrian opposition activist. He is the spokesman for a UK based group called British Solidarity for Syria (BSS) that campaigns for Syria's freedom & the overthrow of the Assad regime. He is a regular commentator of the Syrian revolution on both TV & Radio and has recently returned from a visit to Aleppo where he witnessed 1st hand the conditions in which the people of Syria are living under.


Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30.

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