Joshua Stacher, Professor of Political Science, Kent State University
Sabra Webber, Acting Chair, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Alam Payind, Director, Middle East Studies Center
William Brustein, Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs
Hassan Aly, Economics, OSU Marion
J. Craig Jenkins, Director, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
The Arab Spring: Developments in North Africa and the Middle East will bring perspectives from the field that give new meaning to events reported in the news. The focus will be on the supporters of the protests and revolutions — who is funding the revolutions and counter revolutions -- as well as democracy and representation in diverse Middle Eastern contexts; war's toll on Libyans and potentially on Syrians; international impact and response-in Europe; refugees; NATO involvement; and protests by Saudi women. The panel will examine the Arab Spring as a whole and in specific contexts.
Middle East Studies Center, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Center for Folklore Studies, and the Departments of International Studies, History, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Economics.