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The UNC Curriculum in Global Studies is pleased to announce an upcoming talk by Thanassis Cambanis, a UNC alumnus, former editor of The Daily Tar Heel, and writer who has covered the Arab world for more than a decade.
The Arab Uprisings Aren't Over – a talk by Thanassis Cambanis
Monday, October 21, 2013 / 5:30 p.m. / Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center
Free parking available underneath the building
What remains of Tahrir Square? Is there anything left from the promising early days of the Arab uprisings, most powerfully symbolized by the pluralistic utopian community of Tahrir Square and the renaissance it ushered in? Ever since the Egyptian military deposed Egypt's first elected president in July, despair has washed over Egypt's political class and authoritarian rule has returned with a vengeance. The other most important Arab state in revolt, Syria, appears trapped between an abusive dictator and an extremist undemocratic opposition. Is there any hope for reform and for pluralistic, accountable politics? What can we expect from Egypt in the next phase -- and what can Egypt's journey so far teach us about the ferment, and likely prognosis, for the Arab revolts in the years to come?
Thanassis Cambanis is a UNC alumnus, former editor of The Daily Tar Heel, and writer who has covered the Arab world for more than a decade. He is currently completing a book on Egypt after Mubarak. His previous book, A Privilege to Die, chronicles the rise and evolution of Lebanon's Hezbollah. He served as Baghdad and Middle East bureau chief for The Boston Globe, where he now writes The Internationalist column. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other publications. He is a fellow at The Century Foundation, and is currently based in Beirut.
This talk was held on Monday, October 21, 2013 in front of approximately 130 members of the Chapel Hill community. For more about Thanassi's visit, see: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2013/10/cambanis-sheds-light-on-uprisings-in-the-middle-east
You can find the audio file here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/journalist-thanassis-cambanis/id748633918?mt=10
Layla Quran is a Global Studies major who has researched how U.S. military involvement in Iraq has influenced sectarian walls, both physically and psychologically, between the people of Iraq. Her project, "Voices of Iraq," arises out of her investigation into this issue. Quran's research was developed in conjunction with Duke University's BorderWork(s) Lab, which attempts to analyze the physical and psychological consequences of barriers in the modern world. The most rewarding aspect of her research was the opportunity she had to interview Iraqis who had lived through the Saddam Hussein regime and the subsequent U.S. invasion. She includes some of these in her comprehensive website that details her work.
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