Discussion: The Tunisian Revolution: Causes and Implications

Thu, February 17, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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On January 14, 2011, and after 23 years of ruling with an iron fist, Tunisia's Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was toppled by a popular uprising that lasted for 28 days.

Please join us to learn about the Tunisian Revolution - the historical context, the causes and issues on the ground, and the movement that inspired the Arab world.

How did this happen in the absence of independent media? What role did social networking sites play? Does the overthrow of Tunisia's "Mafia" government end authoritarianism in the country? What are the challenges that face a new democracy in Tunisia? Will this Tunisian popular uprising and the subsequent revolution in Egypt lead to a domino-style regime change across the Arab World? What repercussions will the popular uprisings in those two countries have on US policy towards the region?

Dr. Tarek Kahlaoui, from Rutgers University will help answer these questions and to paint the future of the post-revolution Tunisia.

Speaker Bio

Tarek Kahlaoui earned a PhD on the Islamic representations of the Mediterranean from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He is currently an assistant professor at Rutgers University, where he teaches the history and art history of the Middle East and North Africa, and the assistant director of Rutgers'Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies.
Dr. Kahlaoui was active in the student movement in Tunisia in the 1990s and had been banned from leaving the country until 2000. He has been a leading figure recently in the anti-censorship movement in Tunisia (the "Sayyeb Sale7" campaign) and has been very active in helping spread the information throughout the net (especially via Facebook and Twitter) during the Tunisian Revolution. He has been interviewed by Al-Jazeera and Al-Hiwar TV Channels. He writes frequently in Arabic about politics in, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, and Middle East Online.

Last updated: 2011-02-17 16:51:12

Tarek Kahlaoui
Tarek Kahlaoui

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