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Arab Uprisings: AUB Activities

This guide compiles resources about the "Arab Spring" from different think tanks and news sources, and it guides you on how to find relevant information using the library resources.

AUB News


Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) - News

Mr. Francis Ghilès, long-time correspondent for The Financial Times, gave a talk entitled "A Conversation on the ‘Arab Spring’ in North Africa" on October 18, 2011.

Mr. Anthony Shadid, foreign correspondent for The New York Times, gave a lecture entitled Imagining Otherwise: Covering the Arab Revolts from Tunisia to Bahrain on November 17, 2011. 

James Jasper, Professor at the City University of New York, gave a lecture entitled “Thinking-Feeling in Protest Movements: Lessons from the Arab Spring" on March 26, 2012. 

Reinoud Leenders, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, gave a lecture entitled An Anatomy of the Onset of Syria’s Popular Uprising on March 28, 2012.

Issam Fares Institute (IFI)

  • After the Uprisings:​ This is a report on the two-day academic conference that was co-sponsored by AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, and Princeton University’s Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.
  • Five Years after the Arab Revolutions 2016: An Arab and International Conference at AUB organized by AUB's Issam Fares Institute (IFI) and the Arab Center for Research and policy Studies (ACRPS). View the list of participants and watch videos.

AUB Conferences, Workshops

Arab-US Association of Communication Educators
AUSACE 2011 Conference includes presentations and discussions on 'Traditional and New Media Treatment of the Arab Uprising', 'Social Media and the Arab Spring', and 'Press Freedoms in the Post-Arab Spring.' 

Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR)
Shifting Borders 2012 Conference includes sessions on 

  • Gender Separatism and the Arab Spring : the Case of Egypt'
  • Contesting Foreign/Domestic Divide: Arab Revolutions and American Studies
  • The United States and the Arab Spring: Crossing Linkage of Democratic Ideals and National Interests'

Anis Makdisi Program in Literature (AMPL)
"Weaving the Arab Spring" a symposium designed to attract attention to the literary currents that are shaping and being shaped by the "Arab Spring", held at AUB, December 16, 2011.

Institute of Financial Economics
"The Arab World in the Wake of Uprisings: Transition to Democracy vs Regeneration of Autocracy" a workshop held at AUB on January 30 & 31, 2015. 

Arab Center For Research and Policy Studies
"Five Years after the Arab Revolutions: The Arduous Road of Democratization and Future Prospects" an academic conference held in Beirut from January 21-23, 2016. 

AUB Panels

Engaging Change in the Middle East: Reflections on Regional Transformations is an AUB panel event organized by AUB's Office of the Provost; the event was covered by AUB's Office of Communications and the Beirut-based Daily Star. 
Watch the panel on YouTube:

Reflections on Citizen Revolt in the Middle East: an academic panel from the American University of Beirut completed a three-day speaking tour at the Council on Foreign Relations.
and Transitions to Democracy: Global Legacies
  a panel discussion co-sponsored with AUB's Office of the Provost and UN-ESCWA. 

Understanding the Arab... Spring? Uprising? Revolution? Awakening? Citizen revolt?a panel discussion to inaugurate a multi-year AUB-IFI research project studying the current political transformation in the Arab world.


"Law, Democracy and the Arab Spring?" by David Beatty, Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, Canada. 

"Wearing Shades in the Bright Future of Digital Media: Limitations of US Narratives of Media Power in Egyptian Resistance," by Karin Wilkins, Director of Media Studies,  University of Texas at Austin.  

"Political Islam through Arab revolutions" by Francois Burgat, Director of the French Institute for the Near East. 

"Arab Workers and the Popular Uprisings of 2011" by Joel Beinin, Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.