Democratising the Neighbourhood: The Middle East and Asia

This conference is a joint project of the Centre for Arab & Islamic Studies (The Middle East & Central  Asia) & Transnational Challenges and Emerging Nations Dialogue, American University,
Washington DC.

Conference outline:

The recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa - Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain and Syria call for a fundamental re-evaluation of why and how political transitions, especially transitions from authoritarian rule, take place, and how the international community should respond to it. Although it is too early to make definitive generalisations, it is timely and imperative that we monitor these events closely for their implications for our understanding of political change, democratization, and their consequences.

This conference is built around a number of key questions that arise from the ongoing set of events in the Middle East and Asia. It will bring together speakers from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, Australia, United States, Asia and China.

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Sessions cover perspectives regarding:

• Egypt and Tunisia
• The Gulf Cooperation Council
• Responsibility to Protect Norm: Humanitarianism, Democracy and Intervention
• Islam and Democracy in the Arab World
• Morocco and Algeria
• Afghanistan and Iraq
• Pakistan
• Iran
• Central Asia
• China
• Malaysia and Singapore
• Burma
• Indonesia
• The Arab Spring and the Asian Summer: Democratisation and its discontents in a rising Asia


Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla
United Arab Emirates University

Professor Mohammad Selim
Kuwait University/University of Cairo

Professor Amitav Acharya
American University, Washington DC

Professor Ramesh Thakur
Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University

Dr Karima Laachir
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Visiting Fellow Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies

Professor Amin Saikal
Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University 

Professor Samina Yasmeen
Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh
Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University

Dr Baogang He 
Deakin University

Dr Alan Chong
Nanyang Technical University, Singapore

Mr Trevor Wilson
College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

Dr Greg Fealy
College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

For further information contact:


T: 02 612 51061

Date & time

Fri 09 Dec 2011, 9am – Sat 10 Dec 2011, 1pm


CAIS Lecture Theatre, Building 127, Ellery Cres, ANU


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